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13TH MONKEY             RETURN OF THE MONKEY                    cd
HANDS D167                      Hands Paper Pack, limited edition               13 euro
The 13th Monkey’s sophomore release carries a self-explanatory title again: This is the return of the Northern German duo that redefined the paradigm of bang! With their HANDS debut in 2009. They maintain the concept of real-time, live in the studio recording of jamming with tabletop sound gear, thus preserving the energetic fascination of their acclaimed live sets. Industrial Techno is the Monkey’s territory, located in the golden triangle of the mighty 4/4 kickdrum, fizzling hihats and wiggling 303 lines. With an approach like that, the question is – how much can you change? The new album actually brings about quite a bit of change: While keeping the trademark structures of the debut, it appears to be less aggressive and straightforward on first listening. Generic acid lines are very sparingly used, instead this album is full of audio trickery, washes of noises, sound bits and oppressive atmospheres, emphasizing the Industrial aspects of the 13th Monkey sound. The opening title ‘Korrosionsangriff’ sets the mood for this trip, beneath crackling noises and dark, brooding atmospheres the rhythm clocks in well below 140 bpm. ‘Piezo Resistance’ is a prime choice for Rhythm Noise DJs, ‘Kryophaze’ a superb cut of Industrial Acid. Most tracks are around 145 bpm and superbly bass-heavy, typified amongst others by ‘Re:Thrilled’, a nice and vaguely EBM-ish example of the more subversive side of the 13th Monkey: Moody, threatening, full of tension, a track so ultimately urban in sound. Towards the end of the CD the band launches two longer tracks: The 10-minute rave bastard ‘Sojfu’, sporting surprising breaks and Japanese vocal samples, and the epic closing title ‘Guenon’: Starting with the quasi-rhythmic structures generated by carefully layered noises, before the kickdrum comes in and out time and again over the whole 16 minutes of this standout piece. Is there a genre called “Psychedelic Gabber” – this is the single-handed invention of it! How about the self-proclaimed objectives of 13th Monkey – digital fractures, revolution in the wires? Andreas Thedens and Harm Bremer have used their long-term expertise in music production to create an album that reflects various moods and extends beyond themes of aggression and subversion; it also takes a deep look inside and explores the darker realms of the human psyche. Yet, there is still plenty crossover appeal that will please fans of Rhythm’n’Noise and followers of more courageous Techno alike. With just two albums, 13th Monkey have not only developed a trademark sound, but also proven they can apply plenty of variation to it. Welcome back, Monkey! Tracklist:
1. Korrosionsangriff    2. Piezo Resistance     3. Re:Thrilled  4. Kryophaze    5. Serratek
6. Syphon V2            7. Skulk                        8. Sojifu               9. Apanum       10. Guenon

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VA                              Forms of Hands 11                               cd
HANDS D166                      Hands Paper Pack, limited edition               13 euro

The 11th edition of the annual label Festival Forms of Hands follows again the concept of an exclusive label showcase. So this festival compilation offers 12 exclusive tracks from Rhythm’n’Noise over Idm to Electronica and is a good opportunity to follow the musical development of the HANDS label. For those in attendance, the festival compilations became a must-have souvenir anyway over the last years, for those who can’t come it constitutes the chance to catch up through the tracks presented.
Libido Formandi starts this edition with a nice example of how his beautiful debut album sounds. Angina P enchants the listener with her special brand of atmospheric Drum’n’ Bass – her next full length is eagerly awaited by many!
Change of pace then: The Maschinenkrieger and Disraptor take their mayhem to the Industrial dancefloor. Shorai present their own brand of Electro. Empusae further elaborates his nightmarish soundtrack leanings before Winterkälte disrupt the darkness with a crispy Rhythm’n’Noise track. Wieloryb present a refill of their pounding and massive HANDS debut album and Hysteresis are in their usual genre-defying mood. Incite/ are hard to grasp, playing with strangely distorted electro sounds, before Greyhound contribute a noisy kicking piece. Edgey continues in the high-speed breakbeat vein of his recent album before the curtain closes over a new version of a vinyl-release Techno track by Orphx.
Again, this compilation is more than just an overview, it’s an especially valuable collection of exclusive tracks of artists with very different and highly individual profiles. Limited edition 1000 copies.
1.LIBIDO FORMANDI – Elevation   2.ANGINA P – Godthab
4.SHORAI – I+D                  5.EMPUSAE – Tenebris for the Unborn
6.WINTERKÄLTE – Toxic Ships     7.WIELORYB – Zuo
8.HYSTERESIS – La Mer Du Nord   9.INCITE/ – Edge of Attention
10.GREYHOUND – Kritische Masse  11.EDGEY – Antecessor
12.ORPHX – Stillpoint (Version)

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NULLVEKTOR              I Walk Alone                                    cd
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Stefan Böhm is known for his technical knowledge, and so he has recently been very busy with his jobs as a producer and remixer, with technical assistance and mastering for various other artists. Besides that, he has continually been active as a DJ and performed as Nullvektor live – and now he graces us with his first album after four years!

As on his previous albums, the special focus of this album lies on the variety and strength of the rhythms and the sonic minimalism that stems from his occupation with Techno music. Besides that, he is never afraid to integrate noisy and experimental aspects, consequently operating on the border strip of Rhythm’n’Noise and Techno.
After the introduction of ‘Abgeklärt’, the album sets sails for the conquest of the dancefloor. ‘Hast du genug?’ might be a rhetorical question, this should actually have the masses scream for more. ‘4 Liter Ouzo’ is a typical example of Stefan’s humour, a kind of beat-driven, electronic stab at Greek folklore – and maybe the result of continued spirit consumption?
‘Rückwirkung’ and the closing track ‘Deine Schuld’ are pieces that should please the fans of Rhythm Noise, while the title track with it’s subdued rhythm, eerie atmosphere and washes of white radio noise actually presents a moment of introspection among the rhythmic onslaught of the album.
The album title proves to be very adequate: The eclectic nature of Nullvektor’s artistic vision clearly sets him apart from others, as does his mastery of the machines at use. So Nullvektor walks alone, holding his head up high – let’s be thankful for it.

1. Abgeklärt            2. Freisetzungssystem           3. Hast du genug?
4. 4 Liter Uozu         5. Immer Wieder                 6. Rückwirkung
7. Haltlos              8. Auf dem Weg
9. Kühlgestellte Sinneswahrnehmung
10. I Walk Alone        11. Deine Schuld

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INCITE/                 Dare to Dance                                   cd
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incite/ – widely recognized for their immersive audio-visual live performances – presents ‘Dare to dance’, the follow-up to the Hamburg based duo´s 2009 debut-album ‘Mindpiercing’ (also on HANDS).
Kera Nagel and André Aspelmeier, awarded several times for their genuine combination of rough, distorted industrial IDM-beats and monochrome visuals, deliver a complex and inspiring work:  ‘Dare to dance’ continues from the predecessor’s agenda with ten driving audio tracks that merge elaborate beat structures with disruptive noise bursts, based on ear-catching tracks from their recent live-sets. The result lifts the two’s music onto a new level: unconventional danceable beats, fragments of shredded melodies and synth excursions set up on an extraordinary sub bass foundation. A strongly consistent and innovative album!
The CD is again enhanced by two grayscale and immersive Quicktime-videos in the signature incite/ style.
This is perfect proof that you can successfully operate in different fields of art and integrate your efforts so that the result is more than the mere combination of both. incite/ are not “just” visual artists, but also musicians that chart a territory of their own, a peculiar brand of braindance that is very attractive and manifold and aptly reflected in their visual and performance art.
‘Dare to dance’ – both, a clue to the twist within incite/’s musical development and a call to the audience. The more courageous among them might even dare to dance this time.

1. Body         2. City Secret          3. Under Constructions (Remix)
4. Glass        5. The Avatars          6. Dare to Dance
7. Cycle        8. Fire                         9. Urban Being
10. Psycho Path
11. Fire Video Clip     12. Dare To Dance Video Clip

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LIBIDO FORMANDI         Insignificancy Rising                           cd
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Libido Formandi is a a new project by a known face from the Hands label roster, Greek artist Manos Chrisovergis aka Last Days Of S.E.X., as such known as purveyor of relentless pounding industrial noise. This new creative output is aptly named: Libido Formandi means the desire to create new forms, and really, it is quite a different cup of tea.
‘Insignificancy Rising’ is dominated by remarkably versatile rhythms, alluring shuffle beats in the lower bpm range that are consequently broken up and twisted, sped up to pounding momentum, or even distorted into digital abstraction.
This rhythmic backbone is then contrasted with spiky ambience and fragile melodies. The result is a densely atmospheric and entertaining album following a clear outline, very electronic in sound and yet deeply emotional.
The last two tracks are remixes by the wonderful Subheim and HyDrone, and both follow the same idea: They emphasize the cinematic, soundtrack-like quality of Libido Formandi’s music by means of melodic enhancement. Especially the HyDrone mix, with it’s string and organ sounds and the whispered vocals makes for a dramatic, intense ending of the album.
So has the desire to create new forms been successful? ‘Insignificancy Rising’ operates in the grey area of Industrial music, counteracting the dark and abrasive aspects with tripping grooves. If you like the sound of HANDS label mates Empusae or Morbus M. you should check out this work. In total Libido Formandi clearly presents an idea of it’s own – and simply a remarkable debut!

1. Other                2. Vis          3. Anonymous Imaginary
4. Overcome             5. Unknown      6. Desire
7. Determination        8. Uncanny      9. Insecurity
10.Other (Subheim remix)                11.Vis (hyDrone remix)

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ORPHX                   Radiotherapy                                    cd
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Canadian duo Orphx have been a regular contributor to the electronic music scene from the early 1990s onwards, and they have since managed something like squaring the circle. On the one hand, they are one of the few acts in the scene to have developed a trademark sound: an Orphx track is always unmistakeably Orphx. On the other hand they enjoy appreciation from a wide variety of audiences. The industrial dancefloor crowd loves them as much as the more intellectually inclined listening fraction, and more recently they have also won over the techno audience with their vinyl releases. For such a level of recognition there can only be one explanation: The sheer quality of their sound design and the immense imaginative power of their music. Orphx return now with their new and long-anticipated studio album RADIOTHERAPY on HANDS. Once again, the Canadian duo have taken their unique hypnotic sound into new sonic territories, this time focusing on relentless electro rhythms and deep dub darkness. Pulsating percussion and modulating frequencies mesh together with organic soundscapes and cascading waves of noise to create a journey that moves from claustrophobic tension to deep hypnotherapy. Each of the album’s nine tracks creates a different sound and atmosphere but a sense of dread and unknown danger runs throughout. Radiotherapy explores the themes of illness and health, death and rebirth, creating a mesmerizing sound world of invisible energies and lost transmissions. Embrace and enjoy!
1.Compulsion            2.Contamination 3.Radiotherapy I
4.Tensile               5.Lost Again            6.Radiotherapy II
7.Future Past           8.1200 μRH              9.Dead Zone

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HYSTERESIS              There Is No Self                                cd
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Belgian act Hysteresis are no newcomer to the scene, with two albums and two Maschinenfest performances constituting a decent pedigree. Since their mother label Spectre has gone into suspension, they have now joined HANDS to release their creative output. Previous Hysteresis releases have earned them a reputation for extreme eclecticism, and THERE IS NO SELF continues that path: It opens with a disjointed rave rocker (“I Dose”), strangely familiar but queer enough in sound to make sure one won’t take it too seriously. Such tempted the listener drops into the rollercoaster seat and enjoys the ride. On the way, lots of distorted beats explore the thrillseeker’s physical capacities and samples are scattered everywhere. Unexpected detours are taken through raveland (stab, stab!), and a very prominent feature are tribal beats, blissfully proclaiming the praise of the rhythm. And every now and then there is that unique atmosphere, making for a coherent listening despite all that variation in tempo.
For the open-minded listener, there are lots of tunes to discover: “Assange” is a potential hit on industrial dancefloors, “Dark Gravity” I s a wonderful, Panacea-style rave monster, and beautifully strange tracks are to be found all over, like the anthemic “Hellish Gospel” (crazy ethno samples) or the closing track “Indub”, which is just what it’s called, Industrial Dub.  THERE IS NO SELF is a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining album, sporting a crisp production and a plethora of ideas that are very convincing.
1. I Dose               2. Homo Rapiens         3. Hellish Gospels
4. Temper               5. Shikha               6. Calculus
7. Assange              8. Mental Universe      9. Testifire
10. Past=Real   11. Dark Gravity        12. Indub

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WIELORYB                        Empty                                           cd
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Wieloryb is Polish for whale, and the band does have a lot in common with that animal: It rarely surfaces, it has a long lifespan and when it appears, it makes a massive impact. Founded in the early 1990s, Wieloryb from the city of Gdansk (aka Danzig) were a pioneering act of dark electronic music in Poland, scoring some quick success with their Euro Electro sound at the time. Around then they started performing regularly, among others with Jimi Tenor and Pan Sonic. Soon that first incarnation of Wieloryb disappeared, and only a couple of low key releases saw the light of day during the nougthies, suggesting a much more experimental and aggressive direction.
Now they’re back for good with a proper album for HANDS, and EMPTY is no quiet return for sure. Rhythm’n’Noise is the score, tough and relentless, with only the slightest distraction thrown in: A distorted vocal (in “Matt”), a metallic proto-IDM melody (in “Gear”), the occasional sample – but apart from that, pure, unadulterated rhythm terror, with a strong Industrial Hardcore flavour. This is where the experience of a seasoned performing act comes in – an album that relies so heavily on rhythm needs proper programming, and it’s all very skilfully done, with enough variation to keep it rocking all the way to the end. Among all the potential dancefloor smashers it’s quite hard to pick out standout tracks, but let me mention “Shiva” for the sheer brilliance of how they’re hammering a heavily processed Bollywood vocal onto a nail board of broken beats. All in all, this is a very modern take on the Rhythm’n’Noise genre, a workout that guarantees multiple adrenaline rushes.
1. Food 2. Time Out             3. I Want Feel
4. Now          5. Matt                 6. Signal
7. (No Signal)  8. Gear         9. Muba
10. Shiva       11. Kdansk              12. Of Securities….
13. Gdansk      14. Posen               15. Does Not Blink

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