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Fujako: Soul Buzz EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Oct 10 2014
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Artist: Fujako (@)
Title: Soul Buzz EP
Format: 10"
Label: Ångström Records (@)
Rated: *****
When the soul buzzes, it could disjointedly hits on drums and could even sing like a gremlin. It's the recent sonic discovery by this lupine duet by Jonathan Saldanha from Portugal and Nyko Esterle from Belgium, who came back on French-Belgian label Angstroem after their debut album "Landform" in 2009. You could get flabbergasted they need almost two years to forge a 6-tracks EP, but it doesn't really matters how much hey needed to shape their sound to free from that buzzing sound. They make "Entrance" by means of a minute blurred electric storms before the meaningful gruff lyrics of the title-track - featuring the dusky voice of DC-based MC Black Saturn, grandon of blues musician John Jackson -, whose unchained thuds and viscuous distortions revies the golden age of ill-hop. The bumping ultra-low frequency over fragmented hip-hop groove on "J*A*" adds more obfuscation to an already thickly foggy sound till it reaches highest levels of stunning daze on "Preacher's Echo", which opens the flipside, where these guys focuses on obsessively obscure dub hooks by means of overechoed and overdelayed voice, corroded and corrosive hums, cacophonous interferences and tumbling beats as well as a gremlin who sounds duetting with MC Black Saturn on the mad dub version of "Soul Buzz", where these folks seems to have dunked the orgiinal version into a pot of hot tar.

Skinnerbox: Love Songs For The Broken Hearted Arpeggiator

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Oct 10 2014
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Artist: Skinnerbox (@)
Title: Love Songs For The Broken Hearted Arpeggiator
Format: 12"
Label: Treat Your DJ Right (@)
Rated: *****
Followers of vibrant Berlin techno scene maybe matched the name of Skinnerbox, the brainchild born from the musical partnership of Olaf Hilgenfeld and Iftah Gabbai, to BPitch Control, the notorious techno imprint by Ellen Allien, as they took part to a number of parties with other members of the fierce team of djs and producers that gathered around Allien's court time by time. They recently joined Treat Your Dj Right, the Berlin-based label which launched Cavaan, the collaborative project by Stephan Lieb and Clemente Lequio, by means of this nice release which traces the soul in torment of an arpeggiator as the title jokingly suggests! The broken heart of Skinnerbox's Arp begins to chew a bleeping moog sequence, a soft tech groove and Moroder-like nuances on the opening "The Tubular Arp" before getting frizzed on the amazing tunes of "For Francis", which could surmise the "squared" dynamics of the glorious Korg PolySix, and "The Snowflake Arp", whose style gets closer to the acidulous variations of Chicago house sonorities that seem to soak many releases of this label. The digital version of the release includes a bonus track, "Prelude To The Asthmatic Arpeggiator", which sounds like an encapsulation of the initial bleeping sequences into a bouncy abstract Chicago-house groove.

Schloss Mirabell: Ghosthour Diary

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Oct 09 2014
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Artist: Schloss Mirabell (@)
Title: Ghosthour Diary
Format: CD
Label: Monotype (@)
Rated: *****
Besides the fact that Salzburg is her native city, I honestly ignore the reason why brilliant musician and former gifted child (she played piano and cello since when she was 6) Florina Speth, who is working on her PHD in neuromusicology by researching possible therapeutic use of robots and sound at the moment, took the name for this musical identity from Mirabell Castle. The cinematic halo of her music, which combines electronic clips, elements from trip hop, techno and electroacoustic as well as a plenty of fine sonic details, made me think about a possible connection with the fact that the elgant gardens of Schloss Mirabell hosted some notorious scene of "The Sound of Music", the notorious musical inspired by the story of Von Trapp family, but its mysterious and somewhat gothic nuances could be linked to the legend according to which the ghost of notorious alchemist and occultist (as well as the founder of toxicology) Paracelsus haunts castle's grounds.The title of the album actually derives from the fact that Florina made this collection of sonic miniatures and longer electronic tracks which could be imagined as broken thoughts/sentences or long winded paragraphs and reflections in the pages of her nocturnal diaries during so-called ghost or witching hours in order to render the mental states before sleeping. The ticking on the recurring medley "Promenade" sounds like the mirroring of the ritual where the perception of diurnal times begins to fade away before the immersion into out-of-time dimensions, which got evoked by each track: my favorite ones are the long-lasting ones as they can better titillate imagination ("Let Them Sleep In Their Hair", "Die Seele mit der Perlenmassage" as well as some sonic pearls like "Little Cygnet" and the final lulling "Feines Sanft"), but there are many charming sonic cameos in the first part of the record that are likewise well-chiselled!

Needle Factory: Drunken Robot Pornography

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 03 2014
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Artist: Needle Factory
Title: Drunken Robot Pornography
Format: Tape
Label: AnalogueTrash Records (@)
Distributor: Trashdigital / Bandcamp
Rated: *****
The signing of UK's Needle Factory by the Manchester-based AnalogueTrash Records label has surprised a bit, since this project has already returned with a new release signed to D-Trash Records earlier this year. Now working as a solo project by Freddy Morgendorffer, this project presents us a more developed sound environment compared to the last physical album 'Goetia', released nearly two years ago on Unrepresented Music. There's still the Post-Punk-like attitude by Morgendorffer available, but nowadays also noisy and brutal sounding elements out of Chiptune, 8-Bit-, and Techno-/Acid-styles get their slot into the bizarre sound environment of Needle Factory. This crazy and explosive sound-cocktail mixed and programmed by Freddy has uncountable surprises in its holster. There's a lot of fire under the roof here and Freddy likes to kidnap the listener into his very own, mad dimension. The cover art with a unicorn, a rainbow on a Tron-like background should be already a warning for you that this music rams down all boundaries and obstacles. It's energetic, it's driving, and it's diverse sounding, which is definitely not designed for the faint-hearted audience. 6 firing arrows out of Freddy's crazy studio-arsenal which I would like to see/hear presented live on stage one day. Kindly note that this 6-track EP is available as a limited to 50 exemplars cassette edition ' get it if you can! 'Drunken Robot Pornography' is a raw sonic assault far above a cheap straining for effect, which will leave you amazed.

Koolmorf Widesen: JX​-​EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 03 2014
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Artist: Koolmorf Widesen
Title: JX​-​EP
Format: Tape
Label: Wil-Ru Records
Rated: *****
Koolmorf Widesen is the musical project of Leonardo Barbadoro, a guy who lives in Florence who has released in the latest seven years two albums "Koolmorf Widesen" and "Melodies Fork Now" for ECG and EVES respectively. "JX'-'EP" is his latest release and it has been issued by Wil-Ru Records on tape. Influenced by IDM, glitch, ambient, electro, breakcore, jungle, acid techno and experimental music, Leonardo on "JX'-'EP" offers five new tracks that mix all these elements into a energetic mix that would excite every fan of electro music. Just to name few names that popped up into my head while listening to these tracks, I can name Aphex Twin (the analord EPs), CN or DMX Krew. "Zeleny Acid", "Natt", "7", "Night147" and "PS-5" are based on melodic sequences that are enriched by chopped rhythmical complex patterns, analog chirping sounds, soft pads and dark atmospheres. I like the way Leonardo build the tracks with those melodic lines leading the listener while other rhythmical inserts "attack" the core creating a controlled chaotic effect. Check yourselves what you shouldn't miss, here http://koolmorfwidesen.bandcamp.com/album/jx-ep


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