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BURCH RENDERS & REDUCERS MAMA: Theatermusik

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 16 2004
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Artist: BURCH RENDERS & REDUCERS MAMA
Title: Theatermusik
Format: CD
Label: Domizil (@)
Rated: *****
I don't know if you'll agree with me but it isn't possible to find any weak point about this second Burch Renders & Reducers Mama release. Since the first listening I found their electronic compositions absolutely irresistible. Their light melodies mixed with the synthetic analog sounds create a sort of dark spatial lounge music which is free from the fashion aspect of that scene and this will make you appreciate so much their music. The CD gathers the music for the plays "Die Stelle im Park" and "Migranenstadl" by Tim Zulauf as well as new compositions for Brillowska's Show "Hotel Supernova" (guest appearance in "Bad Hotel", Gessneralle, Zurich). The Songs 'Bühnenarbeiter', 'Sneaker', 'Recycling', 'Autoerotik' and 'Heimatgold', (all taken from the Play "Migrantenstadl") are interpreted and sung by the actors / actresses themselves: Ingo Heise, Felix von Hugo, Agnes Lampkin and Wanda Vyslouzilova. The lyrics of these songs were written by Zulauf. If you are asking yourself how do they sound like: "Turbopolka" seems a soundtrack for neurotic video games, while "Living room", "Hold on", "Sneaker" and "Halo" deal with pop, lounge and electro ambient music in a way so delicate that they are perfect that way. The most particular tracks are "Sickerheit & Kontrolle" (almost an e.b.m. track), "Gruppengefuhl" (a martial experimental electronic track), "Amalgam" (a perfect soundtrack for a noir movies with its dark and melancholic melody). Record of the week!

C.J.Reaven Borosque: Machine

 Posted by Dj Peter Lee (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 15 2004
Artist: C.J.Reaven Borosque
Title: Machine
Format: CD
Label: Edge Tone Records
Rated: *****
C.J Reaven Borosque brings us 11 tracks of disharmonic, off tune guitar, which is heavily processed, and full of pedal delay, distrotion and reverb.
The cds starts off very guitar heavy, with song oriented structures, and little noise. As the cd progresses it seems to find direction.

Unfortunatly everytime the cd finds a nice wall of noise, or thick cut up moments, it reverts to a off tune guitar picking, leading me to hope for it to move back to the repetitive, almost rytmic like samples of the earlier moments.
Highlight of the cd is the track "Surgeon, Corrosion Melt", which evolves quite nicely, and has alot of effects, basicaly blurring the source(thankfully) for most of the track. The ambient whitenoise in the back is amazing for most of the cd, unfortunatly the guitar tuning over the top ruins it for me.

SHIFTS: Vertonen

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 10 2004
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Artist: SHIFTS
Title: Vertonen
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: The Locus of Assemblage (@)
Rated: *****
One more chapter in Shifts' "Vertonen" series, which I think is an ongoing project. Veteran Dutch artist Frans de Waard really needs no introduction, considering his activities as a performer (Kapotte Muziek, Goem, Bee-queen...), label-owner (Staalplaat, and now Brom-Brom and Plinkity-Plonk) and writer/networker (Vital Weekly). The abstract blue/grey painting on the cover, by de Waard himself, is an apt visual counterpart to this 19' piece of subdued minimalism, a quietly changing, apparently static drone. I think he's using processed guitar sounds, and I'd actually compare this to almighty Main. A kind of post-industrial ambient which nowadays is not all the rage (has it ever been so?), so it's all the more enjoyable to listen to it.

PAUL BRADLEY: Immure

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 10 2004
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Artist: PAUL BRADLEY
Title: Immure
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: The Locus of Assemblage (@)
Rated: *****
I don't know much about UK artist Paul Bradley, except that he has recently released a full length on Twenty Hertz ("All that was"), a collaboration with fellow droner Colin Potter (of Nurse With Wound fame), and is going to share a split/collaborative cd with David Wells, again on The Locus of Assemblage. All of which I wish I had listened to, because this 3" cd, on the successful mini-assemblage series, is brilliant... Bradley plays sombre isolationist ambient, which perfectly fits with the title and graveyard cover picture: certainly dark, but solemn rather than bleak. Track 1 opens with jangling bell sounds, giving way to a low-frequency drone; an apt introduction to 12'30'' track 2, definitely the core piece of the ep, with shifting frequencies, cavernous basses and subdued environmental recordings adding to the menacing atmosphere. Track 3 is a shorter piece, closing the work with fading drones - leaving you craving for more, which is honestly not that frequent with records like these. An inspired, well-constructed work, mandatory if you like artists like Lull, Thomas Koener and the whole '90's isolationist niche.

Taxi: The Accessory

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 05 2004
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Artist: Taxi
Title: The Accessory
Format: CD
Label: Infracom! (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it: my number one record of the week! Now I'll likely stop listening to any other records, let them pile up, while I enjoy this multiple times a day, multiple days a week or driving my car in the sun(set), 'cause that's just how beautiful it is. Two years after their debut "Blue Zero One" on the german label INFRAcom!, the British trio composed by Paul Cullen, Simon Lovejoy and Joel Laundy, are back for another portion of lush, silky, smooth, loungy, jazz, trippy electronica. "The Accessory" blends rhythm&blues with electro, jazz with trip hop, nu-jazz with acid-jazz, classical with ambient, techno with downbeat: sweet deep&digital, uppright and cello bass lines, with mushy keys and rhodes comping, layers of ethereal textures (strings, pads), groovy percussive carpets (triangle, bongos, congas, shakers, cabasa, drums), jazzy guitar parts, orchestral arrangements, breath instruments (flute, trumpet), distant world music influences (indian sitar) and of course the delicious and warm voice that sings all the way through the record. If all of this doesn't help just think of them of very personal (and UK-sounding)combination of Massive Attack, Rebro, Echo, Groove Armada, The Future Sound of London, Portishead, Delerium, Antenne, Lamb, Autechre, The Flying Dutchman, Sasha, Chance's End, Kaskade, Luis Junior, Marquess Wyatt, Joe Clausell, Coppe', Device, The Brave, Saafi Brothers, Laurent Brondell influences. Need I really say more? Hit single potential is to be found everywhere in the record, but the opening track should do it all alone! Albums of this kind come around only every once in a while, and when they do you better jump on them and enjoy while the magic lasts (although I must say the band's desire to create tunes that will stand the test of time is probably fullfilled by the beauty of these timeless compositions). The CD comes as a black-surface CD and its art work makes it look exactly like a vinyl (I have seen others do this, but Taxi's is definitely the closest to vinyl-looking I ever got). The CD also comes with a Mac/PC-compatible rom track that has lyrics, pictures and a link to an exclusive mp3 bonus track. We should all have enough for a week of joy, right? So now let me shut up mates and let's enjoy and chill out...


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