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SMP: Hacked

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Artist: SMP (@)
Title: Hacked
Format: CD
Label: Invisible
Sounds of Mass Production's new release is a remixes album. After their third album they swithched label from ADSR to Invisible Records (Martin "PIL, Killing Joke, Pigface" Atkins' label) which re-released "Terminal" (just check the old reviews database) along with this new HACKED. The sound of the band which on the last album was basically a sequenced bass line with samples, synthesizer, guitar, drums and angry vocals (that sometimes have got the hip hop cadence) is slighty different in this remixes album as the various bands didn't use guitars but concentrated mainly on the dancefloor potential of the songs. So the various versions of "Chemicals", "September" and "Megaton" (which are the three tracks that have been remixed mostly with two, six and three versions) had every rhythmical and melodic aspect exploited and explored by bands such as Mindless Faith, Vers, Doll Factory, Akuma & Reverb, Codec, etc. The sixteen songs sound all fresh and energetic and various. It's amazing to notice the efforts that each band did to give a new life to the tracks and I appreciated that. You know that generally I don't like remix CDs but this is worth the purchase.


IN THE NURSERY: Cause And Effect

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Artist: IN THE NURSERY
Title: Cause And Effect
Format: CD
Label: ITN Corp
Distributor: Audioglobe
In all these years In The Nursery have been an unique band in the electronic/alternative scene and each project has been particular, for this I'm sorry to say that I don't really understand this CAUSE AND EFFECT. In my opinion a peculiar band like In The Nursery didn't need this remix project to get exposure and the remixers didn't do something really innovative because almost all of them used similar sounds the band is used to use only with the addition of a little more electronic instruments. Only Steve Bennet which did a sensual trip hop version of "Miracle Road", Assemblage 23 which gave an e.b.m. treatment to "Hym Noir", Attrition which by surprise build out of "To The Faithful" a techno ambient track, Haujobb which industrialized a little "L'Esprit" just like Electronium did with "Chronicle", did something a bit different respect the original versions even if some of them aren't really catchy. The most innovative has been Seize which did a industrial/goa version of "Caprice". Also the version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" played by the band itself isn't that catchy because is well played, well arranged but it lacks of energy. I'm sorry to say this but this CD isn't a must in the band's discography...


Infrastructure: Ancient Thrones

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Artist: Infrastructure (@)
Title: Ancient Thrones
Format: CD
Finally another cute girl in the male-dominated industrial scene! It's about time! After a demo and a CD called "The Wasteland", the Massachussets-based one-(wo)man-band Infrastructure is back with this well-packaged 6 tracks CDR EP (limited to 300 copies, so hurry up!) for sale at her cool flash website for just five bucks + cheap shipping. Stacia Tucker's seducing slightly-distorted but calmly sung (instead of screamed, like usually; thank you!) vocals, positively match with the well-programmed mixture of electronic and industrial music she (or somebody else in the same band, I am not sure about that) performs. Strong industrial beats that remind of Autechre in an odd and distant way (when the "grace" notes emulate that particular experimental techno approach), elaborated and sometimes quite sophisticated electronic textures (sometimes recalling Delerium/FLA/Haujobb) with zapping sounds, punching synth-lines, blobbing bass-lines and some other classical old-fashioned "germaniac" ebm sounds... I dig her work 'cause she tries very hard not to necessarily fall back into the obvious footsteps of what so many have already done, re-done and over-done... Her fresh approach to the electro-industrial formula is truly inspiring and gives her lots of credibility in my book!


RUN LEVEL ZERO: In Between

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Artist: RUN LEVEL ZERO
Title: In Between
Format: CD
Label: Prototyp (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This CD is not the follow up to the successful Run Level Zero's debut CD "Symbol of Submission": IN BETWEEN is a classic remixes project with two new good tracks as bonus (or is a MCD with two new tracks with seven remixes as an add on ;) ). In any case the forty minutes of this CD contain good electro tracks and also the remixed versions are worth the purchasing because Sanctum, Pouppee Fabrikk (really energetic their version of "Feedback Birds"), Dupont (he did a e.b.m./techno version of "Black Limbs"), Psyche, Project-X (really distorted and dancey their version of "Eating The Misery), E-Craft and C.A.P. did a good work giving new life to the band's tracks, creating new classics that will for sure satisfy every e.b.m. lover.


Antenne: #1

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Artist: Antenne (@)
Title: #1
Format: CD
Label: Korm Plastics (@)
Distributor: Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
Danish Kim Hansen (formerly with Institue of the Criminally Insane and Grind) has put out a new full length CD entitled "#1" under the moniker of his current one-man-band Antenna. Released by Korm Plastics (Staalplaat network), this beautiful CD presents you with eight groovy trip-hop electronica compositions with female vocals. The label keeps using the word techno, but I believe that would likely and highly mislead almost anybody... Minimal melancholic electronic music with occasional experimental sounds that turns into state-of-the-art trip-hop or maybe even trip-pop when the rhythmical grooves step in and the lead is taken by the female vocalist: that's what it is! Her voice is gorgeously lush, mysteriously sexy, harmonically whispered. She can very easily remind of Jane Siberry (probably closest comparison - remember her astonishing breathtaking closing performance on "the Crow" soundtrack), Bjork, Portishead, Massive Attack, Kirlian Camera (just on the "Something Not to Do" track) and the like (when she gets all hot and seductive I would even dare to mention Marylin Monroe!). After the opening jazzy "Here to Go" (of which an extended CD EP exists too - cmp review on these pages) the rest of the "#1" tracks take a dip into more experimental territories, but every now and then going back to the warm and laid back trippy ballads that are just absolutely brilliant and amazing... Very convincing stuff!!! I would DEFINITELY go out and get myself a copy if I were you!
PS: If you would like to see the fastest-loading and most minimal and simple website out there check out Antenna's website!



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