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DITHER: Urei

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Artist: DITHER
Title: Urei
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
If you liked the last Autechre's E.P. titled "E.P.7" you'll definitively love this one! This is the first time I listen to Dither even if UREI is its 3rd album. Marc T. aka Dither created a charming CD which merge ambient electronic, ambient dub (a la Scorn) and techno extravaganza a la Autechre. Pratically, he took the best of each genre to make his own...smart, eh? Anyway (sorry for the joke), the ten nameless tracks of this CD create a sound which wraps you and leads you into his personal realm done of micro sounds, electronic rhythmical hiccups and dark tension. Thumb's up!


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Artist: VAINIO / FENNESZ
Title: Vainio Fennesz Vainio
Format: CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Distributor: Audioglobe
This is the second release in Sub Rosa’s Invisible Architecture series and it sees two masters of the "digital bleeps" manipulation cooperate. Christian Fennesz and Mika Vanio (one half of Pansonic) worked together in this new release recorded live in Brussels at the Kaaitheaterstudio the 29th of November 1999. The slowly evolving drones of 34 minutes 20 seconds’ are kinda chatartic and the duo build a deconstructed suite which has got two kind of treated noises: one part digital bleeps and contorted tiny instant metallic noises and the other one is made of kinda ambient sounds ... Here and there they also used buried melodies which make the suite a little more interesting. Mika Vainio’s solo piece 32 minutes 19 seconds’ is more subtle and fades in slowly with little volcanic like explosions along with hypnotic frequencies. The piece has got less sound interruptions (while the other one was a continuous stop and go of changing noises) and it grows slowly until it explodes into chaotic pads which suddenly dive into monotonous frequencies. An interesting work which request a certain concentration into the listening: you are warned!


BLANK: Brain Trigger

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Artist: BLANK (@)
Title: Brain Trigger
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Gee, after their first release "42 4C 41 4E 4B", Blank did it again. If you want to refresh your memory just go in our archive section and read the review of that CD along with the interview I did. Anyway, for the lazy ones, just to make you understand, we're are talking about the most talented e.b.m. Italian band. I think that they're better of most of the foreign acts also but let's concentrate on this release for a moment. BRAIN TRIGGER contains seven killer tracks, highly melodic, pumpimg that can induce long dance attacks. Just listen to tracks like "Brainstreams" or "Perception" and you'll agree with me! As usual, for you greedy ones, the band allow you to download from their website high bitrate mp3s of all the tracks as well the artwork for you to print. Support them!


NO COMMENT: It's Not Too Late

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Artist: NO COMMENT (@)
Title: It's Not Too Late
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Nano Pop (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Coming from the double CD titled "Best Of No Comment 1992-2004", "It's Not Too Late" is a enjoyable electronic pop track as well the other four are ("Polygon", "Random Love - tabloid remix", "Fight - remix 2002" and "2nd Class Man"), along with the other two remixed versions of the main title. I don't dig Franziska's voice that much but it's functional for the tracks. The single is released for the benefit of the charity organisation "Children from Chernobyl Help e.V." and is produced with José Alvarez-Brill. The compilation will be released the 22th of April and will allows free downloads of additional tracks for the buyer. If you love the German chart's electro pop try them.


Mlada Fronta: Fe2 O3

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Artist: Mlada Fronta (@)
Title: Fe2 O3
Format: CDx2 (double CD)
Label: M-Tronic (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Wow! When I opened the package and saw the name Mlada Fronta I got really excited for a moment, even though I didn't even exactly remember what they played, this band had a particular significance in my memory because they were the first band I ever interviewed in my music writing career ;-). That was back in 1993, "Illusiory Time", but I have totally lost track of them afterwards and from their discography I gather that that was their debut CD and after that two more releases saw the light in '95 and '99, before it was time for "Fe2 O3" to come out. The name of the album is the chemical formula that describes the iron trioxide element (I believe), which basically is one of the last stages of iron, commonly called rust... The beautifully packaged double CD actually has a very nice booklet with lots of pictures from old rusted industrial sites, so I think I got that right ;-). By the way the packaging of this product is absolutely mind-blowing and incredible! A luxurious 3 panels folding digipack with an awesome 20-pages booklet all boxed inside a cardboard shell: you got to check this out yourself! But let's go to the music. The bio tells me that this french one man band (Remy Pelleschi, one of the two founding members, is now alone) has moved away from the sound of their debut (Treponem Pal meet Ministry and Young Gods) already by the time of the second album and has instead developed the electro-industrial side of their soul giving up the guitars and every other traditional/human instrument, focusing on atmospheres and beats instead. The former of these two CDs, called "Fe2", is the more atmospheric one, where floating and extremely cinematic ambient music with spectral stereo-plays meets beautiful dark electronica, while the latter, "O3", presents us with fourteen tracks of rough hardcore industrial beats mixed with hypnotic and pounding dancefloor material. When I say cinematic, I mean it! Not only this music would be very suitable for a number of movies I can think of, but it also is filled with voices from movies that I know I have seen ('cause I recognize the voices and what they say) and it's interesting to hear those little speeches in a record... Also don't think that it's all fancy trancy background music only, there actually are beats and song structures that develop into full body compositions. The really nice thing about it, though, is that the balance is kept all the way through the two CDs and it never gets boring or too intense (is there such thing in music as too intense anyway?), so when you are listening to the first CD there might be some sprinkles of industrial beatz here and there, in the same way as the second one, the more aggressive one, actually opens up to layers of calmer moments of electronica and soundscapes that maybe enhance the hypnosis of the overall experience. The chemical approach (further emphasized by the songs' titles) and the experiments Remy has been doing in his audio-laboratory have definitely lead to a new and exciting formula that I recommend you all to check out carefully! The album is very interesting and multi-faceted and a quality production and very good sound help the impact of such a complex opera as well! By the way, there are five remixes by Orphx, Savak, Dither, Zonkt and Kaltesglas.



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