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BADUN: Badun

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 09 2007
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Artist: BADUN (@)
Title: Badun
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Distributor: VME
Rated: *****
Formed six years ago, Badun passed a lot of time tuning the style they wanted to have for their music. Oliver Duckert, Aske Krammer and Brian Møller wished to create a particular blend of electronic jazz music deeply influenced by 70's bands of the likes of Weather Report, Miles Davis (Bitches Brew era) and the electronic duo Flanger. Listening to BADUN I must say that their aim to create something unique has been reached. Since from the opening "Turban" you realize that something is going on. Also on the following "Pulsen" I can hear echoes of Robert Fripp along with i.d.m. treatements. I'm not fond of jazz but blending it with some sort of electronic tension it's a good treatment and I found it intriguing. For my tastes tracks like "Kompleks" or the following "Mælkebøtten" have too much free jazz elements but there's also enough tracks with a certain experimental feeling that made me appreciate Badun's work. If you are looking for something particular and kinda smooth, the album will be released on early April on CD and double vinyl.

GUDRUN GUT: I Put A Record On

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 27 2007
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Artist: GUDRUN GUT
Title: I Put A Record On
Format: CD
Label: Monika Enterprise (@)
Distributor: Wide Records
Rated: *****

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Already active in the past with Malaria!, Matador, Einsturzende Neubauten as well as founder of two labels like Moabit Musik (where she reissues material by Malaria!, Matador, Miasma and other projects with a personal involvement) and Monika Enterprise, Gudrun Gut is a multifaceted personality of the German’s musical scene of the last decades. If Malaria! were a post punk artsy experimental band, her solo project is keeping the experimental approach to music by de-constructing and reassembling folk (like on the opening "Move me"), rock’n’roll tunes (on "Girlboogie 6"), i.d.m., ambient and electro pop with a personal touch. The result is a convincing sonic patchwork’ that sounds now detached and now passional (like on the beautiful "Rock bottom rise" where we can also find Uta Heller and Matt Elliot as guests) but always with a song structure that glues everything and that help creating curious but indeed interesting tracks. On the CD you can also find the video for "Celle". The video is an excerpt of the video installation by GutaRist, that sees Gudrun Gut collaborating with Pipilotti Rist. It has afirst shown at the ex Polish embassy in Berlin Unter den Linden, Sonambiente Festival the last year.

AUTO AGGRESSION: Artefacts

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 23 2007
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Artist: AUTO AGGRESSION (@)
Title: Artefacts
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
With the second CD release of Lukas Schneider the German label Dependent brings out just one of those beloved, but also courageous and in some phases strange release for which this label has reached a fine name world-wide. AUTO AGGRESSION isn’t at all like your daily and usual Electro/Industrial listening and like on his debut Lukas provides again a rather diverse and experimental minded kind of work. The concept for this "Artefacts" (NO typo here...) means to collect and to re-assemble audio byproducts out of digital sound manipulations. What sounds in this description as a real inaccessible extreme experiment isn’t at all that strange. Musically he offers his fine worked out mixture which combines Electro (A Thousand Fires"), rhythmically Powernoise ("Blame", The Sky Is Not Yours", "Speed"), Ambient, Electronica ("Mechanical Sun") and Pop art ("Shallow Things"). Definitively from the intelligent side of music, the used sounds are of course self-created and arranged. Mostly instrumental tracks, Lukas could add again Nives Garasevic doing the female vocal parts on two tracks, and Eskil Simonsson of COVENANT to perform on the track "A Thousand Fires". Always cool to discover something different, unfortunately also this release will be one of the last of this fine label.

MOCKINGWYRD: Cracks In The Void

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 23 2007
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Artist: MOCKINGWYRD
Title: Cracks In The Void
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to 150 copies, CRACKS IN THE VOID is the first release by Mockingwyrd. Behind the project there's a mysterious bass player that probably is also collaborating with Kaaos in Eccentris, Typhon Sleeps Heavily and Rytannia. Also on this release the person behind Mockingwyrd uses only the bass guitar to create two suites that remembered me the drones created by the guitars of early Earth records. The bass roars through the effects beings picked, rubbed and used as a magical wand just to create isolationist landscapes that are capable of catch the attention in no time. "Primordial soup" and "Stirrings of life" will fight to find their place into your CD players by winning other boring ones which have tons of cool sounds but without passion... Try it.

HEAL: Starting Back

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Feb 18 2007
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Artist: HEAL
Title: Starting Back
Format: CD
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier don't know rest, he's always working to something new. It is amazing that he's running a label where every project of its roster is headed by Laurent himself. This time after seven years from the previous album "Extension" we have a new CD by Heal. STARTING BACK is the most melodic work to date made by Laurent and if the first Heal album was approaching to dub and ambient just like the Scorn of the first period did, the new album changes everything by introducing elements of jazz, 70s progressive rock (check "Chute d'oreiller" and its approach a la Goblin) and hip hop. Blending everything just to compose an ideal soundtrack for a futuristic noir movie, Heal did something new where the dub element is still present and you can hear it by listening to the bass lines but the new influences enrich the sound creating a new and fresh mixture. The fifteen instrumental tracks sound mysterious and if you check "Mainmise" you'll be seduced by its oriental melodies. Good one!


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