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VV.AA.: Diamanten Und Raketen

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Sep 25 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Diamanten Und Raketen
Format: CD
Label: Klang Elektronik (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Minimal but not too much: this is the essence of the new Klang Elektronik series called DIAMANTEN UND RAKETEN. Just as the compilation series "Famous When Dead" released for the sister label Playhouse, DIAMANTEN UND RAKETEN, presents tracks released the last year on 12" as well brand new tracks. The eleven songs of the compilation pick up the best minimal techno tracks of the label bringing to the audience attention cool tracks like the opening "Tear" (performed by Avus), Johannes Heil’s "Freak R Us" or Destillat’s "Cabrio". Each track play around a melody or a rhythm and by modifying them slightly the performers are capable to build cool tracks good for the dancefloors as well for a home listening. Some of them create a trance atmosphere (check out "D.O.S. by Hieroglyphic Being) but if you want minimal some electro emotions, check Destillat’s track and you’ll find satisfaction.

LAB 4: None Of Us Are Saints

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Sep 19 2006
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Artist: LAB 4
Title: None Of Us Are Saints
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Resist Music (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Lab 4 are a duo formed by Adam Newman and Lez Elston. They met in 1991 at a recording studio in Oxfordshire where Adam was in house programmer/engineer and Lez was working with his band M.A.D. Adam joined M.A.D. for the following three years as a drummer. At the end of 1994 they decided to form Lab 4 thanks to a deal offered from a German label Pod Communications. Since then their live show started to gather more and more people who made of them one of the biggest act of the hard dance/techno scene. Their sound melts industrial goth intuitions (they also look like two goth guys) with English techno acid sound and beside playing live, recording and remixing people, the duo composed music for film and television covering everything from lounge jazz, breakbeat, hardcore and house music to a classical score for the BBC or for different worldwide advertising campaigns (Reebok, Polaroid, Camel, Sure, Pepsi and Bacardi, to name just a few). Four years ago they released "Virus" on Tidy Trax and they had to wait so many years for their new one because they changed label, joining Resist Records. Now two months after the release of their double album they decided to call it quits because they lived the last fifteen years on the road and hardly they were able to record an album or to live a proper life. To their fans they leave NONE OF US ARE SAINTS, a double CD packed with twenty two tracks (two acid remixes of their cover version of N.I.N.’s "The perfect drug" reworked by DJ Starscream and by Nightbreed) of their characteristic sound impossible to ignore. If you never heard of them, just try to imagine an house/techno/e.b.m. train that never stops or an early version of Prodigy meet Cubanate but taken to the next level where a fibrillating heartbeat run the rhythm. So long...

VV.AA.: Electro Punk - Viva La Revolution

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Sep 18 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electro Punk - Viva La Revolution
Format: CD
Label: Hadshot (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Compiled by DJ Yaniv for his own label Hadshot, the compilation ELECTRO PUNK – VIVA LA REVOLUTION (second volume of the Electro Punk series) has been packed keeping an eye to the danceability of the eleven tracks contained. If you want a compilation to party with this is a really good one, because it contains good rates of melody, energy and pumping rhythms thanks to Olivier Koletzki, Cuburn, Presents Dumb Blonde, Black Strobe, Kiko (oh my, this "Good sluts factory stuff" is a blast), Sikk, Huntemann, Spektrum, Freeform Five, Antichic & Popped, Tiefschwarz feat. Chikinki and Schats. If you are a lover of electro mixed with techno and sometimes punk sounds/attitude this CD is a must own and you can also find it at a bargain price!

VV.AA: Some Tunes

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Sep 13 2006
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Some Tunes
Format: CD
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Basserk is a new label heading from Neatherland and SOME TUNES is their second release which shows the aims and sounds of the label’s roster. The CD opens with a convincing electro distorted tune by Mignon ("Death race") remixed by Patric Catani and if there was a good way to start, this was a really good one. Aux Raus is next with "This is how this works" a breathtaking electro punk anthem that gathers electro sounds, a distorted guitar and a cool melody for a 130 bmp track (or something like that). Genjini is next with "Das funkistador", a nice electro funky lo-fi track that will make you move your asses. 3-1 already released a 12" for Basswerk titled "Dont’t destroy" and here they present a new track, "Gold" a nice track with a certain English flavour (I hear a little bit of latest Chumbawamba atmospheres). Kook Feat. Roxxy Bione already had a release on Pale Music and on this compilation present "Nobody knows" a convincing electro dancey tune. Elle Bandita along with the Scandals (the band of the Pale Music chief that here remix Junesex) and Melomanics play a cool kind of punk with dance attitude while the Dutch Drillem with "Bug" blend western (yes, I mean the movies) atmospheres with crazy electro dance extravaganza. Now it’s the turn of Transformer Di Roboter. I loved so much their cover E.P. that I was curious to check an original tune and I must admit that they didn’t disappoint my expectation as with "Hi-end" I found the elements that made me love their sound (that lo-fi casio syth sounds here enriched with a distorted bass line and several other cool keyboard sounds) into a song that has a perfect melody and which is impossible not to dance to. Sneakthief present here "Les yeux fermes", a nice track of their electro funky style but this time the track is based on guitars/bass guitars sound with a sampled French voice. Nobody Beats The Drum is one of the different Dutch bands on this CD (in total we can count eight out of fourteen) and their "Turn up the box" is an electro dancey tune that sometimes remembered me the latest Daft Punk. Dumbvox and Lucky Goat are the last ones. The first one with "Guardian" present a mixture of electro and e.b.m. and the latter with "No worries" is here with a nice electro reggae tune. At this point I imagine you’ll have understood that this compilation is worth the purchase and you have just to visit www.basserk.com to order your copy!

PAUL KALKBRENNER: Works

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Sep 11 2006
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Artist: PAUL KALKBRENNER
Title: Works
Format: CD
Label: Bpitch Control (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The 137th release by Bpitch Control is a remix project wished by Paul Kalkbrenner. He decided to make available to other artists he appreciate, all his sources that he used for his previous releases (he did 21 releases, counting 12" and albums, since 1999) and he let them pick up the track they preferred just to do of it whatever they wanted to. In this way the Wighnomy Brothers, Sascha Funke, Agoria, Ellen Allien & Apparat, Joris Voorn, Alexander Kowalski, Modeselector and Michael Mayer picked up tracks coming from "Steinbesser", "F.fwd", "Self", "Press on", "Tatü-tata" and "Superimpose". Also Kalkbrenner did a remix and he picked up "Der berserker", a track originally included into the album "Gemeinsam der berserker". The original tracks have been heavily changed as people like Agoria, for example, on their remix of "Page 1, 2, 3" took only an accordion line from the original version. The various tracks sound now span though minimal techno to ambient with upbeat parts or breakbeat tempos. The remixers did a good job as the tracks have different mood changes (within the same track) and this sense of growth keep them interesting for the whole length.


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