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news ant-zen:

THOROFON. targets. 12'' lp. ant-zen act274
after the triumph of their returning album 'exkarnation' thorofon
present six shots of stimulating electronics on twelve inch vinyl format
with 'targets'. brilliantly produced and exceptionally packed, this
release proves that arresting, involving and outright original music can
be both engaging on the dancefloor and in your mind. 'targets' offers a
diversified and contemporary collection of minimal electro pop tunes,
industrial power electronics and militant body beats. the atmospheric
spectrum ranges from icy, clinical disturbance to aggressive, forcing
blasts, drilling the message of the forceful lyrics straight to the core
on every track. an outstanding limited edition release, superb for
building and maintaining excellent shooting skills. packaging: 22,5 x 35
inch paper target poster w/ airbrushed thorofon stencil. this 12''
includes a mp3-download-code.
price: euro 12,80. available: 21june2k12

PHILIPP MÜNCH. mondo obscura. cd. ant-zen act275
on this, his second solo album, the exceptional artist that is philipp
münch has assimilated musical influences spanning the last four decades,
bringing a brilliant and contemporary release into being, just as he did
on last year's 'into the absurd'. supported by a number of musician
friends he puts an emphasis on vintage electronics and creations ranging
from classic rhythmic noise and minimal electro to cinematic ambient
whilst retaining a modern edge which sets him apart amongst those who
work only for sheer nostalgia. a clearly noticeable component on 'mondo
obscura' is the expanded range of vocals performed by philipp himself
and guest artists such as kyoung-hi roho, riotmiloo (eva|3), tim kniep
(synapscape) and dan gatto (continues, babyland). this multitude of
vocalists creates a vast subset of accents and moods ranging between
melancholy and aggression. musically, moody minimal pop tunes alternate
with harsh power electronics and space-age ambience performed with a
high amount of flexibility on rhythms, effects and sounds. a very
strong, personal and complete release that deserves close attention,
highly recommended to those who are eager to look beyond the limits of
musical styles.
price: euro 12,80. available: 15june2k12

SONAR. cut us up. cd. ant-zen act276
it has been six years since sonar's last album, a time spent working on
different projects and world wide touring for dirk ivens and eric van
wonterghem. since 1996 they have thoroughly explored the dark corners of
rhythmic industrial whilst bringing their own unique ingredients to the
mix - with 'cut us up' the belgian project secure its position among the
sovereigns of this genre. the classic propulsive beats are still the
driving force on most tracks, while sonar fill the space in and around
the drum hits with scraping noise chords, disturbing sampled voices and
throbbing sub-basses. combative, violent bursts of industrial uproar and
rhythmic scalpels refined with intelligent sequencing result in massive
blocks of monolithic sound, each one with noise as a basic ingredient,
each one performed in a different way. this album marks a raw,
overpowering tour de force - an overwhelming, visceral, and relentless
rhythmic onslaught created in the dark wastes of the concrete jungle.
price: euro 12,80. available: 12june2k12

SONAR. without warning. girlie-shirt. ant-zen ikon110g
black t-shirt w/ frontprint in grey & white ink. one-sized girlie-shirt
price: euro 14,80. available: 12june2k12

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news hymen records:

VNDL. gahrena: paysages électriques. cd. hymen ¥802
vndl is philippe vandal from montreal, canada who started producing
electronic music in 2009 inspired by artists like access to arasaka,
mormo, fennesz, richard devine and désormais. his first release
'something for someone' on abstrakt reflections and his remixes for
architect, exosphere and synthetic violence have already demonstrated
the various facets of his unique and organic style, combining the
elements of glitch and idm in a very improvised manner and originating
his own, unique method of creating contemporary electronica. 'gahrena'
envisages a deeper exploration of virtual reality by using highly
processed electric guitars as well as manipulated field recordings and a
wide range of electronic devices. the sound on this album can be
described as abstract electronica with a deep organic feel, where vndl's
inspiration and sonic research fuse with the amendatory work of nebulo,
offthesky, pleq and c0ma. vndl constructs a changing, mysterious sonic
world recreated from aural landscapes already in existence. a gripping
release taking you away to as-yet unknown environments - attentive
listening required.
price: euro 12,80. available: 11june2k12

BEN LUKAS BOYSEN. restive (ost). cd. hymen ¥803
ben lukas boysen has been writing, producing and performing music since
2003, specializing in sound design and composition. with a series of
highly regarded albums as hecq on hymen records, plus a busy schedule
producing music for a number of high-profile advertising, film and
gaming clients, he has firmly established himself as a forward-thinking
electronic musician and sophisticated sound designer. The focus of his
every project is to find an efficient and direct way to leave a strong
emotional impact, whether it is the production of an album or the
conception and completion of a commercial project. he invests a lot of
thought and time into every single piece of work and therefore makes
every production special rather than settling with something fast and
convenient. He is determined that every score, commission, track, or
remix should get the same amount of attention and detail. in short:
moving away from music and sound as a product and perceive every project
as a customizable and individual challenge. a number of companies like
cartier, bmw, leica, greenpeace, lacoste or mtv have made use of this
approach for their commercials, websites and general sound concepts.
furthermore ben also designed a 'live pack' for the widely recognised
music software ableton live. restive is not the first film ben boysen
made the music for, but it is his first soundtrack to be independently
released as an album. as on his previous works as hecq where he has
already demonstrated his ability for cinematic sound design, this
soundtrack works perfectly as a stand-alone release for those who are
not familiar with the movie. with its beautifully elaborate compositions
carrying dense moods from light sadness to subliminal tension and
disturbance, restive's music is strong enough to speak for itself and to
create a motion picture in the listener’s mind. with a basis of mighty
sub basses and partial beats, dramatic orchestral ambience interweave
with atmospheric synthesized pads and deep reverberation carrying a
continuous imaginative suspense of something hiding right beneath the
shadow of a thinly layered sonic veil. listening to this perfect
symbiosis of electronic soundscapes and acoustic sounds, you can draw a
parallel between this release and hecq's 'night falls' album from 2008.
restive defines a journey through varied aural spaces interspersed with
sounds and tempers beyond the listener's imagination.
price: euro 12,80. available: 21june2k12

news various labels:

ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO. four. cd. raubbau raub-004
historically, released in 2007, 'four' was the ep interlacing the last
two albums ordo rosarius equilibrio put out on cold meat industry, and
an augury of the popularity the band would subsequently achieve with
their quality blend of neofolk, martial industrial and melodic
compositions - and the first time tomas pettersson would use his
distinct voice to sing rather than recite. 'four' constituted the first
output on the raubbau label, and upon its release the original vinyl
picture disc edition almost instantly sold out. so it comes as no
surprise that there has been a high demand to make these tracks
available again to ordo rosarius equilibrio’s ever-growing following,
and raubbau now gives in to public interest and presents a fully
remastered and largely expanded cd version of 'four' incl. remixes by
mikael stavöstrand, empusae, arcana, thirteenth exile, fredrik
leijström, tarmvred, geneviéve pasquier, xotox and spiral69! 'three
times four' sets a fine example of what a rerelease/remix album should
be about, adding surprising new aspects to the basic material. the
approaches applied by the remixers are quite diverse, nevertheless there
is a constant level of quality and originality that ensures a coherent,
satisfactory listening. see, there are really more than just four shades
of darkness!
price: euro 13,40. available: 22june2k12

raubbau raub-004box
the limited boxset contains the 'four' cd, a metal pin in antique
silver, a bar of bittersweet premium chocolate with red wine truffle
filling, an embroidered patch, 3 stickers and one inlay, all packed in a
deluxe white box with embossing.
price: euro 24,00. available: 22june2k12

raubbau raub-004tape
cassette tape version of the 'four' album.
price: euro 7,50. available: 22june2k12

ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO. four. girlie-shirt S.
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silver ink. girlie-shirt size small
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raubbau raub-004shirt-gm
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ANKLEBITER. raintree. cd. tympanik audio ta068
two years after the release of his debut album ‘i will wait‘ and a year
after the remix companion collection ‘queue‘, anklebiter returns once
again to tympanik audio with his newest masterpiece titled ‘raintree‘. a
melancholy montage of beauty and soul, incorporating haunting
atmospheres with intricate beatwork to create a massive aural experience
that weaves emotion into every sound and pattern, allowing the
listener’s mind to flow effortlessly with the music. a labor of love and
reflection, ‘raintree‘ is the product of an unfocused, distracted time,
full of perplexities about convergence and direction in the face of
middle age. a new sapling against a grey sky. cold and uncertain, but
spring has arrived at last. featuring collaborations with sheldahl (ml),
the oo-ray, erode, and artwork by bogdan ceausescu and
mastering by john mccaig. packaging: slim paperpack.
price: euro 10,50. available: 12june2k12

DIRK GEIGER. elf morgen. cd. tympanik audio ta069
‘elf morgen‘ is dirk geiger‘s third album and second for tympanik audio
following ‘autumn fields‘ in 2010 and the companion digital remix
collection ‘second life‘ in 2011. where ‘autumn fields‘ exhibited the
more experimental side of geiger’s vision, ‘elf morgen‘ proves to be a
more accessible outing, offering the listener nine gorgeous new songs
that flow effortlessly with subtle grace and intelligent design. ‘elf
morgen‘ finds geiger hitting his stride, unveiling an even more mature
and professional-sounding approach to electronic music composition.
elegant atmospheres encompass infectious, trip-hop and down-tempo beats,
driven by such expressive melodies, liberal moments of field recordings,
and dreamy synth patterns. this is dirk geiger‘s finest hour –
recommended. features a collaboration with erode and remixes by tapage
and anklebiter. packaging: 4-panel digipak.
price: euro 10,50. available: 12june2k12

SATURMZLIDE. bevor. cd. hands hands-d172
bevor' is german for 'before' - but just what does that mean in respect
to this album? in some ways, this cd is rather an 'after' - hamburg’s
alexander marco finally releases a full saturmzlide album, after nearly
two decades of musical activities in various bands, genres and styles,
and after a well-received cd-r on fich-art in 2009. anyways, alex is an
atypical musician, following a late vocation to the call of industrial
and rhythm’n’noise, who brings along the experience of his past musical
endeavours - and lets them shine through in his compositions. 'bevor' is
a somewhat enigmatic crossbreed of musical currents that make for a
strong blend. the overall essence is the rhythm, no doubt about that,
punchy and groove-infected, making this album a tight-knit unit despite
the many different ideas which have been put into practice. so, let’s
roll with it: 'rainlands' is a moody intro with tribal downbeats and a
steady build-up. then starts the rhythm noise section of the album with
the club recommendation 'el door rado rmx' – a relentless noise groove
and a commanding vocal sample do the job proper! 'power plant' and
'interceptor' combine distorted rhythms with strong atmospheric breaks,
while inbetween those 'bionic ocean i' surprises with it’s beatless,
experimental atmosphere. 'girl under glas' then adopts a different line:
hard beats with a broken edge and full-on modern electronica sounds, an
update of the style you shouldn’t call idm. 'world time crash' and 'half
of the planet' appear in similar shape with the beats more on the
straight side though. the album then closes with a magnum opus, a nearly
25 minute suite in seven movements entitled 'the sky' that revisits all
the styles and elements from the album and melts them with new ideas
even more out of bounds, with a psychedelic atmosphere being the
foundation stone upon which this monumental composition is erected. it
starts with a straight rhythm track, plunges into atmospheric sounds;
and then come in some guests: the 3rd part ('drifting') features the
guitar playing of some andreas hellriegel, giving it a prog rock
flavour, while the 4th part ('timerider') is a bouncing rhythm track,
featuring industrial veteran philipp münch. the following parts slow
down considerably, preparing the listener to bid farewell to this
musical trip. so, 'bevor', before what? you get the strong impression,
and you may well hope, this 'before' is the first step before a lot more
to come – quality always comes out on top, and this debut (if you may
call it that) is surely a top pick!
price: euro 14,50. available: now !!!

DIRTY K. torrent of fury. cd. hands hands-d173
dirty k are a thoroughbred rhythm’n’noise act based in leicester (uk)
and is one of the latest signing on hands. 'torrent of fury' is surely
an eponymous title, because that’s just what this album is: an
unsettling intro, followed by 11 tracks of sheer, unadulterated
distorted rhythm power. the band want to explicate a personal take on a
post apocalyptic theme based on a vivid dream, incorporating dark and
dirty landscapes and buildings. the album is meant to portray a sense of
confusion and what it would be like in our to wake up scared and see
that is all that is left. most tracks have a similar structure with an
irritating, brooding intro building into rhythmic frenzy in no time.
thankfully, dirty k never forget to put in the occasional break, short
interlude or vocal sample to keep the listener’s attention and give the
whole album a very dynamic pace. of course, lots of dj food is to be
found here, depending on what specific style you’re after: if you want
hypnotic midtempo rhythm’n’noise, you can’t go wrong with the
irresistable dancefloor weapon 'smog blanket' for example. if you’re
after more defined bassdrum sounds in an industrial hardcore style, opt
for the title track or maybe 'frequent thoughts of violence', and if
your desire might be pure noise turmoil, a track like 'cataclysm' should
make your day. on first listen, 'torrent of fury' appears as a monolith
of fierce sounds and beats, on second listen you find lots of variation
and detail. may you enjoy this rich and remarkable debut from the uk –
and may god save the queen from dirty k’s apocalyptic visions!
price: euro 14,50. available: now !!!

V.A.. forms of hands 12. cd. hands hands-d174
2012 sees the 12th edition of the forms of hands label showcase, now
moving to its fourth location over the years, and it is traditionally
accompanied by the compilation cd featuring all 12 performing artists in
their festival running order. same procedure as every year: all tracks
are exclusive, thus this compilation may serve as an introductory peek
into the hands universe as well as it is a must-have for the label
aficionados. so what’s in this year’s edition of the hands
encyclopaedia? the cd starts with two festival newcomers: saturmzlide,
who sets the mood with an uptempo rhythm track with a nice technoid
vibe, and  with a classically repetitive rhythm’n’noise track (which is
the original version of the tune you find remixed by daniel myer on
their current album). syntech present their own brand of percussive
tribal noise. 13th monkey speed it up further with a fiercely banging
piece of industrial acid techno, and s.k.e.t. call to 'reform europe'
via ostentatious sounds and stumbling beats. mono no aware does his
noise turmoil over teutonic beats and brings day one to an end. the
second half of the album starts with two more festival newcomer: first
up sylvgheist maëlström delivering a nice encore to their captivating
debut full of unsettling electronica and catchy beats, and dirty k, who
really have the knack of self-explanatory titles and give us a 'stomping
maschine'. nullgrad offers a basic channel influenced techno track and
16pad noise terrorist contribute a fierce piece of dark techstep. ms
gentur lets you have a painfully noisy 'contraction', and needle sharing
prove again they’re back for good with the 'rave monger' – if you can
keep your limbs still to this you’re positively dead (or deaf)! so,
another year, another selection shedding light on the activities of
roughly ¼ of the hands label roster, a dozen artists affiliated by
attitude, yet discrete in style, and isn’t that exactly the special
value of a compilation album?
price: euro 14,50. available: 12june2k12

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sylvgheist maëlström is a french producer who has a couple of albums
under his belt already and joins the hands label roster in 2012 with an
album that will leave a permanent impression: glossy electronica,
elaborate beat programming and mind-blowing melodies, an actually
minimal album (soundwise) which seems massive by its strong emotional
impact. sylvgheist maëlström is preoccupied with natural events and
special places, and "skaftafell" is the evocation of a huge and massive
glacier movement like a moraine or a surge. the concept is to describe
as a sound the deep and uncontrollable movement of nature, as the
glacier becomes an independent entity, an animal really, untamed by
civilization. nevertheless, after human influence, nature starts to
destroy itself. the 'intro' showcases the deep melodies, pulses and
peculiar beats, downbeat and distorted, yet with a strong organic feel
to them, which we shall encounter throughout the album. 'banda aceh' is
an area in indonesia which was horribly harmed by the 2004 tsunami, and
the track features tribal beats and repetitive sounds that echo the
threat. the mexican town 'tlahuitoltepec', casualty of a mudslide, is
the eponym for a grinding and scraping beat structure. a less dismal
fate is that of the 'narssarssuaq desert' in greenland, which inspired
sylvgheist maëlström to a moody, hypnotic tune with minimal techno
beats, while 'kuthia' appears even more groove infected among its heavy
atmosphere (and would you have known there was a glacier in pakistan?).
back to greenland, its capital 'nuuk' – and a shorter, straighter track
for 'skaftatell', followed by 'surge', a hypnotic, vibrant piece. of
course iceland has its glaciers, and 'jakobshavn isbræ melt' is not only
an exceptionally large specimen, but also a track that will resound in
your mind forever with its effective and simple melodic hook and
repetitive beats. on a darker note is the sonic painting of the floods
of 'nartuby' (france); and 'dendrite crystal' is surely the most
anorganic sounding part of 'skaftatell', a nice bite of tasty
electronica. 'skaftafell jökull' is a place in iceland subject to a
constant culmination of natural forces, and the track is also the most
upfront, inciting one on the album. the closing title 'puyehue' then
releases some of that tension, and maybe it is imaginable that a brave
techno dj will have a crowd dancing to a chilean volcano? 'skaftatell'
impresses through strong production values and a range of wonderful
ideas. it is an urgent recommendation for anyone who will fall for
electronica that is far from easily accessible, yet captivating and very
deeply emotional!
price: euro 14,50. available: 12june2k12

TALVEKOIDIK. negotiate the distance. cd.
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1. definitions negotiate
(nɪˈɡəʊʃɪˌeɪt) — vb 1. to
work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc)
2. ( tr ) to succeed in passing through, around, or over: to negotiate a
mountain pass distance (ˈdɪstəns) — n 1. the intervening
space between two points or things 2. the length of this gap 3. the
state of being apart in space; remoteness 4. a separation or remoteness
in relationship; disparity 5. keep one's distance to maintain a proper
or discreet reserve in respect of another person 13. the distant parts
of a picture, such as a landscape 6. to hold or place at a distance 7.
to separate (oneself) mentally or emotionally from something or someone
2. formal aspects the fact that talvekoidik is no one other than kai
hahnewald of s.k.e.t. is only of interest as to indicate that this album
has been composed by a musician with a pedigree and experience – of
which the rich sonic tapestries and the glistening production quality
would have convinced you anyway. 'negotiate the distance' is the second
talvekoidik album, and it’s the work of a man who indulges in thoughts,
doubts and visions, a very personal, intimate work. it employs
drone-based atmospheres and samples of voices and common items like
telephones, but the dominant features are piano and string sounds,
making for a very cinematic, emotional quality. rhythm appears mainly as
structure. 'take a deep breath' – and slide into the world of
talvekoidik with the calm and soothing opener. 'call into nowhere' and
'unreal yearning' appear almost neo-classical, catchy even, before '
heart in stasis with a hiccup' with its slight ritual touch leads you
into the darker heart of the album, where more experimental structures
are predominant, like in the cavernal sounding 'the tree knows a
secret'. keep on walking, until a bit of brightness returns and
indicates you’re approaching the end and the closing title 'awaiting you
to return' (which is a wish you will gladly fulfil). 'negotiate the
distance' might have an intellectual inclination, but it’s far from
headstrong, it’s a musically very attractive piece of work with an
overall sense of positivity, of hope and love of life. 3. topical
outline 'negotiate the distance' is a reflection about distance as a
paradigm of relationships between people and the paradox of peoples’
behaviour when it comes to negotiation of distance in a emotional and/or
spatial matter, about people forced to live close together in limited
space, like in large cities or high rise residential buildings, who are
very remote on the emotional level and same time feel close to someone
far away or feel lonely among others. it’s also a reflection about
longings, demands and fears distance may cause and the higher value
moments spent together have when distance is a strong point of one’s
relation to someone else.
price: euro 14,50. available: now !!!

16PAD NOISE TERRORIST. evilution. cd.
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two years after 'utopia', candy schlüer of s.k.e.t. has finished the 2nd
chapter of his book with 'postnuclear brutalism funk stories'.
'evilution' is a statement in his very own way indeed, mastered again by
dj hidden, whom he credits as a major influence, which is true in the
sense that 16pad noise terrorist presents drum’n’bass with a strong
industrial, dark and experimental edge. candy is concerned with
contradictions, the underlying question is how we develop, if we just
keep on going as usual – well, you guessed it, evolution turns foul, and
the result is 'evilution'. the album also establishes strong ties to the
debut, whose album title now appears as a track title – as well as it’s
antithesis, the dystopia. dystopian visions actually seem the 16pad
noise terrorist’s preoccupation, but if 'utopia' was an orwellian boot
stamping in your face, 'evilution' depicts a more refined 'brave new
world' with all its stupefying soma effects - even though the stench of
books set on fire at 'fahrenheit 451' is omnipresent. generally, the
tempo is somehow curbed, and even melodies find their way into the
tracks. but don’t worry – there’s enough tough darkstep to be found, and
the body fluids already start to warm with 'wasp', and are kept boiling
throughout the album with 'le petit consommateur', 'we are all junkies'
and so on. on the way you will also meet a variety of out-of-the-way
pieces: a conceptual track is 'humback symphobia', which strangely
misses a 'p', but nevertheless features the famous chants of the
magnificent animals who are subject to whaling. 'abyss' is not only the
most experimental track of the lot, but also features spoken word
phrasing by boris may of klangstabil in a nightmarish slasher
atmosphere. 'metamorphosis' has the voice of evil giving some
incomprehensible commands, and it shapeshifts in speed and atmosphere
constantly, while 'planned obsolescense' is probably the most clearcut
club track among the lot. 'dystopia' works at trip hop/dubstep speed,
and here the evil keeps ranting atop a stomach-churning distorted wobble
bass. the album closes with 'darkest utopia', generating a dehumanized,
hostile atmosphere with metallic sounds and shredded speech bits.
'evilution' is not easily digested for sure, but it’s well worth
exploring, it provides food for thought, but also a vibe for moving.
candy schlüer proves he has defined a distinct style of drum’n’bass for
16pad noise terrorist and will earn tons of due respect for his project
with his sophomore album!
price: euro 14,50. available: 12june2k12

GREYHOUND. prototype. cd. hands hands-d178
greyhound present their 5th album in eight years, and they have surely
achieved to become a household name in the rhythm’n’noise scene. they
stand for almost orthodox, as-hard-as-rocks tracks which they produce
with remarkable consistency, and for their remorseless sound they are
celebrated regulars at festivals like forms of hands or maschinenfest.
'prototype' is of course a self-reflective album title, as greyhound are
very specific about their concepts. it is an album about interpersonal
communication and mental pressure up to the individual limits, thus it
is the reflection of personal experiences, memories and emotions
collected over of a year’s time. this information is enciphered in 15
intensely powerful, aggressive rhythm’n’noise tracks with commanding
beats. greyhound leave it to the listener to unscramble the emotional
message that lies hidden among the noise. a full listening session of a
greyhound album may be as demanding as an intercity ride on a greyhound
bus, as they never tire, never falter from beginning to end, from the
opener 'can you feel it?' with its catchy beats up to the claustrophobic
last track 'fade away'. inbetween greyhound denote 'if noise would be my
language' – which it obviously is… and be aware of the 'brain stalker',
a track that will be haunting you forever with its sonorous undertones.
the quiet things happening in the background (and there are lots of
them) are what makes 'prototype' more than a collection of functional
tracks but also an album suited for home listening. of course
greyhound’s proclaimed creed of undiluted industrial is an invented
tradition, which is clearly proven by the crisp sound production, but
one you will gladly embrace. 'prototype' works on two levels: on the
surface it is a two-fisted rhythmic attack, underneath a multi-facetted
introspection, a balancing act which seems impossible enough - but is
accomplished with ease!
price: euro 14,50. available: 12june2k12

. fm interface. cd. hands hands-d179
 started in the late 90s as the experimental playground for frequen-c
from leipzig. he quickly made himself a name as a diy bedroom producer,
releasing numerous cassettes, cd-rs and download tracks over the years
in the best old-fashioned tape scene tradition. throughout the 2000s he
continually appeared live in smaller venues, but the gigs took on a more
serious nature and reached larger audiences after playing the
schlagstrom! festival in 2007. in 2009  was joined by drmolle and since
operates as a duo. so now the time has come to step out of the
underground and present the debut release for hands! 'fm interface'
oscillates between old school and new school, between rawness and
simplicity and a more modern sound design. the album somehow falls into
two parts: the first half seems to present the sonic weaponry of 
through simple, sketch-type tracks. the opener 'breakbit' is not broken,
but a hypnotic noise loop, '3 miles island' abuses the sampled reports
of a nuclear catastrophe over a raw electro beat, 'lost in rhythm' could
also be the manifesto of 'fm interface', and 'some chords' is just that
– and besides the only beatless track on the entire album. the second
half of 'fm interface' discloses a decidedly different approach,
starting with 'can you feel the daylight', a complex midtempo clubtrack
with all the variation, breaks and shifts that you need to get the
crowds going. and  now put to use their full arsenal of noises and
rhythmic structures: 'all notes off' is directly aimed at dancefloors,
'after then before' is a fine piece of noise mayhem, and 'go back freak'
even has the machines getting into the groove, due to the remixing
efforts of fellow leipzig musician daniel myer aka architect aka
haujobb! 'metall und technik' finally is a vigorous industrial hardcore
track that will rock the moshpits. the short 'angst rhythmus' and the
closing title 'multiply exibit' (with one of the longest breaks ever)
then close the album in the more simplified, loop-based style. 'fm
interface' is definitely a rare occurrence, after such a long period of
maturation and growth, quite unusual for today’s electro industrial
scene – but the result, with its entertaining ideas, its timeless sound
and the peculiar concept really proves the waiting worthwhile. the
overall sound of 'fm interface' is strangely warm and pleasant to the
ears of anyone who brings along a knowledge of - and love for - the
rhythm’n’noise style.
price: euro 14,50. available: 12june2k12

2KILOS &MORE. kurz vor5. cd. audiophob auphcd018
2kilos &more is a french electronica duo from paris created in 2003 and
consisting of séverine krouch und hugues villette (von magnet). before
finding their way to audiophob, they released one 3'' cd and two albums
on different labels as well as a lot of other contributions to
compilations and movie soundtracks. the new album 'kurz vor5' is once
again produced by norscq (the grief, atlas project, von magnet, ddamage,
colder, remixer for meat beat manifesto, depeche mode etc.) in his
parisian studio. the duo has invited phil von (von magnet) and black
sifichi (a great spoken-words artist from new york who worked with black
dog, burnt friedman, simon fisher turner, rodolphe burger, high tones
etc.), two important voices from the independent french scene, to
feature three new vocal compositions. using samples and digital sounds,
the duo composes by improvising on long evolving sound waves. they shape
every song like a journey through sonic universe, playing with tension
and surges punctuated by instrumental interventions (guitars for
séverine or drums for hugues), often reminding us of the cinematographic
world of david lynch or steven soderbergh (solaris). the press talks
about them as a subtle mix between ambient-electronica (à la warp) and
postrock (similar to labradford) because of the constant but measured
use of melodic (sometimes noisy) guitars and acoustic instruments (like
bass, drums, sensula etc.) with experimental influences.
price: euro 12,80. available: now !!!

SEMIOMIME. six steps / d-coherence. 12''. mindtrick records mtr010
mindtrick records proudly presents the first vinyl release by semiomime
(aka dj hidden/the outside agency). after his debut album which was
released by adnoiseam last year, semiomime returns with two very special
tracks. the first track is six steps a mixture of cinematic sounds,
signature beats and a swirling bassline which gets you right into his
mood. the flipside is for d-coherence a piano piece that changes into a
deep banging acid trip. very uncommon and therefore very interesting to
listen to. 
with crystal clear production and ever evolving moods he pushes the self
established boundaries once again. on this ep semiomime found the
perfect balance between creating an ep that is banging on the dance
floor, yet very intriguing to be listened to in the comfort of your own
home with your eyes closed. this release offers everything mindtrick
records stands for ambiance, beats, and clear production!
price: euro 8,00. available: 12june2k12

CRISOPA. biodance. cd. n5md md199
biodance is the much anticipated debut album from madrid (sp) based
electronic musician crisopa. a densely layered album squeezing
inspiration from electronic music sub-generes such as idm, dub-step,
post-rock, nu-gaze, and ambient while remaining cohesive, ever evolving
and remarkably danceable. anyone having seen crisopa live undoubtably
knows they were eventually coerced into moving their bodies by the ebb,
flow and trajectory of his music. and biodance is no different, however
it is not all about moving your body. a quick look inside the cd case
reveals the motivation behind the album: biodance 'is a system of
self-development that uses music, movement and positive feelings to
deepen self-awareness'. whether he's talking about his own
self-awareness our ours, that just about sums the album up. crisopa just
wants you to loose yourself in the moment and biodance is the perfect
soundtrack for getting lost within.
price: euro 13,40. available: 12june2k12

LIGHTS OUT ASIA. hy-brasil. cd. n5md md200
hy-brasil was said to be a phantom island off the south west coast of
ireland. the island's lore contains such accounts as more advanced yet
opulent inhabitants, an unusually round geographical layout, and a
strange attribute of only being visible every 7 years. to further add to
the island's mystique it is widely speculated to be the geographic
coordinate included in an alien binary code that is also thought to
include the phrase 'exploration [of ] humanity'. such multifaceted myth
seems to be the perfect name sake the band lights out asia's
multifaceted 5th album. for hy-brasil the band is now back to the core
duo of mike ystad and chris schafer. the absence of mike rush's guitars
have left a bit of space for the duo to explore more visceral sometimes
'vangelian' synthwork, warm emotive cello passages and more dexterous
electronic beat workouts. from the opening track onward each composition
on hy-brasil twists and turns through the organic and synthetic
seamlessly while yielding what we think is their most dynamic, expansive
and universally accessible album to date. the sense of urgency so
prevalent on their previous album in the days of jupiter has given way
to an underlying mood that seems to reflect moments of transition or
exhausting post-catharsis. maybe even an 'exploration' [of] the duo's
own 'humanity' while looking outward, questioning what truly "is". [52
09'42.532" n 13 13'12.69" w]
price: euro 13,40. available: 12june2k12

WHOURKR. 4247 snare drums. cd. ad noiseam adn158cd
third album from igorrr's most brutal project. whourkr is igorrr pushing
metal to its very limits and beyond. insanely detailled, mathematically
conceived (and named), yet heavy, cleansing and violent.
price: euro 13,40. available: 05june2k12

WHOURKR. 4247 snare drums. 2lp+cd. ad noiseam adn158lp
third album from igorrr's most brutal project. whourkr is igorrr pushing
metal to its very limits and beyond. insanely detailled, mathematically
conceived (and named), yet heavy, cleansing and violent. vinyl lp
version + full length cd.
price: euro 19,00. available: 05june2k12

VITA NOCTIS. against the rule. 2lp.
minimal maximal mm005
dark entries and minimal maximal have joined forces to re-issue the
complete discography of vita noctis on a double vinyl lp. previously
these songs were restricted to limited self-released cassettes,
compilation appearances and a sole 12'' mini lp. beware, this is
abrasive, primal music made by irritated teenagers full of angst ! vita
noctis were a trio from vilvoorde, belgium in the flemish region.
inspired by the post-punk movement, twin brothers kris and jos kips
convinced their friend martine genijn to start a band in 1983. they
recorded their earliest songs onto a 4-track machine in their bedroom
studio using the meager equipment they could afford: bass, guitar, two
synthesizers and a drummachine. their first album 'in the face of…death'
was self-released on cassette only, in 1984 followed by the 'much money
good boy, no money good-bey' cassette in 1985. in februari 1986 the band
recorded five songs at studio care in gent, belgium, later released as
the self-titled 12' mini lp on mad in belgium records. their final
recording session was november 1986 returning to the band’s 'bedroom
studio', resulting in the song 'she likes me' which appeared on the
'climax productions presents' lp. 'more arthouse' than 'goth', vita
noctis blend the sneering attitude of punk with the spartan structures
of minimal electronics. the band had more in common with the early
electronic sheffield scene of cabaret voltaire, vice versa or early
human league than their belgian contemporaries. urgent vocals go from a
whisper to a scream in seconds and sound restless, bored and irritated
all at once. fuzzy guitar, simple baselines and crude electronics take
turns accompanying the dynamic vocal styling. while lyrics tackle
weighty topics like death and religion, the landscape they paint is a
playfully bratty as it is grim. all songs have been remastered from the
restored ¼'' reel to reel tapes by george horn at fantasy studios,
berkeley california. each double lp comes in a gatefold jacket with
cover art by original designer stephan barbery and never before seen
band photos and lyrics for each song. spanning three years and four
recording sessions ' against the rule ' is the soundtrack to armageddon,
very fitting in the contemporary climate of dissatisfaction and social
price: euro 21,00. available: 12june2k12

PORTRAIT BIZARRE. a new day. lp.
minimal maximal mm006
maasmechelen (belgium) 1981; the birth of darkwave-industrial band
portrait bizarre. after a year, being influenced by bands such as joy
division and the cure, pb performs as opening act for bands as luna
twist, the scabs, the neon judgement and de 2 belgen. in 1984 they've
already become a regional icon. after the song 'friends could be
friends' was selected by ludo camberlin (anything but records) for a
spot on the compilation 'no big business  2', things went fast for the
band. later that year the first (and only) 12'' 'heat up one moment' was
released, a 3-track with b-sides 'the invitation' and 'ballad of the
grave' which all became classics in the underground-circuit. in 1985,
after several line-up changes, the group split up because of musical
differences. now, 30 years later, the band is back and after some
rehearsals and a sold out concert in their hometown, portrait bizarre
will present their new album 'a new day' in a limited edition of 520
hand-numbered copies, 180 gram vinyl, no re-press!!
price: euro 19,00. available: 12june2k12

A SPLIT - SECOND. stained impressions. lp.
minimal maximal mm007
1984 was a pivotal year for a split-second. originally a new wave
high-school band playing covers and a few own compositions, the first
line-up disbanded as composer, singer and bass player marc ickx went
more electronic with a primitive sequencer and drum computer. without
previous studio experience, he started recording 'stained impressions',
a demo tape recorded in single takes with cassette-to-cassette overdubs.
in between recordings he met with chrismar chayell, an old classmate who
had a small multi-track recording studio. chayell had already recorded
among others the full length twilight ritual album 'the ritual', and
offered to produce and record five of the songs at his studio. the first
five songs on 'stained impressions' were recorded there. chayell also
arranged and played a keybord part on 'teargas and champagne', marking
the beginning of what was to come for a split-second. the songs also
mark a transition, songs like 'hunger' and 'neurobeat' were written by
ickx for the previous line-up, of which 'neurobeat' was the only song to
make it to the debut album 'ballistic statues'. from the other songs,
parts of titles and lyrics were picked up for later material, and
'resignation' was the blueprint for 'rigor mortis'. most of the other
songs are largely improvised in a search for the new direction ickx’
songwriting was heading for. largely raw and primitive, 'stained
impressions' provides an interesting look into the genesis of one of the
most influential alternative electronic bands of the 80’s, and the
variety and experimentation that marked this era. the first and official
tape release out now on the vinyl only label minimal maximal in a
limited edition of 520 hand-numbered copies, 180 gram vinyl, plus
insert, no re-press!!
price: euro 19,00. available: 12june2k12

PARADE GROUND. the 15th floor. lp.
minimal maximal mm008
parade ground', composed of two brothers pierre and jean-marc pauly
started performing live in 1981. they were one of the pioneers of the
belgian cold wave and electronic body music. the first single, 'moan on
the sly', was released in 1983 and they remained active until now
(however they decided not to release anything between 1988 and 2007,
being involved in other artistic projects like novels-writing and
plastic art). their style has evolved during the eighties, passing from
an icy and radical cold wave to a more dancing sound with noticeable
rythmics and exclusively synthetic melodies mixed up with dreamy visual
dadaism. they regularly collaborated with members of belgian band front
242, were produced by english producer colin newman of wire and wrote
and composed on two front 242 albums in 1994. they toured in various
european countries and have been an inspiration for many bands. a new
album 'rosary' was released in 2007, produced by patrick codenys (front
242). the band are well known for their singular and striking live
performances ('the choreography of chaos'). 'the 15th floor', the never
released album from 1989, containing 12 tracks, is out now on the vinyl
only label minimal maximal in a limited edition of 520 hand-numbered
copies, 180 gram vinyl, no re-press, plus insert with notes from colin
newman (wire) and patrick codenys (front 242).
price: euro 19,00. available: 12june2k12

UNDERWATER PILOTS. endless. cd. zweieck zwe024
endless features 13 tracks of unique synth pop that should be very
suitable for fans of covenant, seabound or vnv. but according to their
name, underwater pilots, the project of manuel g. richter (xabec) and
gregoire vanoli, expand those styles by many own additions: low male
vocals, machine beats, synth-arpeggios, subtle depth and sometimes dark
atmospheres as well as grainy clicks. endless is a modern sounding
journey, an album that unfolds more and more after multiple listens.
reviews like ' electropop bomb that will be hard to beat this
year...' says it all. featuring daniel myer (haujobb) on one track.
price: euro 13,00. available: now !!!

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MOTHBOY. exonian. 12''. ad noiseam adn52
almost a year has passed since the release of mothboy’s critically
acclaimed album 'the fears'. since then, mothboy has been busy fillung
up dancfloors and cooking bass heavy mixes for akira the don,
65daysofstatic, enduser, mad e.p. and other artists. to fill the gap
between this debut and his follow up 'deviance' (due in 2006), mothboy
comes back with a 6 track ep, 'exonian'. but 'exonian' is more than a
small bridge between two albums. mothboy has enlisted the talented mc
equivalant (last heard on mad e.p.’s album 'eating movies') on the
opening radio hit 'too close'. the track itself is an acid bass electro
stomper , with more than enough hooks to pull you off your chair and
onto the dancefloor. another new track, 'c.s.r.' sees mothboy taking a
lo-fi trip-hop route with an odd to the old mo wax beats, the whole
thing enriched with the participation of dj a la fu (ninja tune, vava
records), known for his cuts for roots manuva and mike ladd. finally,
'slowraider', on the b side, is a jam in the vein of mothboy’s popular
live sets; a track that will turn heads, a relentless electro, hard
micro-house number with a sure place in dj bags and sets for a long
time. the 'exonian' also features some heavy remixed and reworked
versions of standards from 'the fears'. mad e.p. (also working here with
equivalent on the mic) takes the beats and the shape of 'stuck in a
moment' and mutates it into a threatening mix of hectic breaks and sub
harmonic mayhem. jeff mills' favourite monrella (a.k.a. mick harris)
turns 'becoming solar' into a chest thumping piece of 4/4 detroit noir.
finally, 'exonian' closes with mothboy’s own remake of 'a303', faster,
more neurotic and richer in bass than ever. 'exonian' is yet another
showcase in mothboy’s ever evolving, ever changing sound and is yet more
evidence in his skill and ability as one of the leading lights in the
current crop of new uk producers. a record suitable for home playing and
for p.a shaking.
price: euro 8,20. 

V.A.. tonwelle 2. cd-r. atacama ar28
11 powerful noise tracks, released for the "tonwellen konferenz 2"
festival in burscheid (germany) on 26. & 27.6.2009. feat. mezire,
flutwacht, satori, atrox, phelios & stritzel, n.strahl.n, code 243,
irikarah, minamata, hijokaidan, antracot. limited hand-numbered edition
of 250 copies. packaging: cardboard sleeve.
price: euro 11,00. 

PROMETHEUS BURNING. displacement disorder. 2cd. augmented records
nearly two years after their well received crunch pod release 'plague
called humanity', the female fronted electro- industrial duo prometheus
burning returns to the spotlight with their latest double disk opus
'displacement disorder'. displacement disorder is a powerfully diverse
and versatile album, blurring the line between electronic genres and
pumping fresh blood into the industrial scene. while sonically unique,
displacement disorder will be easily accessible to any fan of dark
electronic and industrial music. from distorted dancefloor killing beats
to complex chaotic noise, blasting female vocals to grinding synth
leads, this album is prometheus burnings most ambitious work yet and
sure to please the ears of intimate listeners and club stompers alike.
limited (500 copies worldwide) 2cd box version which includes 2
stickers, a postcard and a button all packaged in a deluxe dvd style
price: euro 15,90. 

V.A.. krrrbrrrtztzkrrrbrrrtztz!  vol.4 - schlagstrom festival 2009
compilation. cd. sleepless records berlin srb awake001
feat. asche, synapscape, in slaughter natives, bad sector, mono no
aware, insekt, spherical disrupted, wertham and more.
price: euro 12,80.

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