Nitzer Ebb – Industrial Complex (German edition)

Artist:
Nitzer Ebb

Title:
Industrial Complex (German edition)

Label:
Major Records

Cat#:
MAJ 0258.020

Release Date:
22. January 2010

Format:
2xCD

Tracklist:
01-01 Promises
01-02 Once You Say
01-03 Never Known
01-04 Going Away
01-05 Hit You Back
01-06 Payroll
01-07 Down On Your Knees
01-08 I Don’t Know You
01-09 My Door Is Open
01-10 I Am Undone
01-11 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
01-12 Traveling
02-01 I Am Undone (Alan Wilder Remix)
02-02 I Am Undone (Christopher Kah Remix)
02-03 My Door Is Open (Terence Fixmer Remix)
02-04 Once You Say (Tom Furse Remix)
02-05 Once You Say (Celluloide Mix)
02-06 Once You Say (Orphee-Eeproh Remix)
02-07 Once You Say (People Theatre Remix)
02-08 Once You Say (Collapsed System Mix)
02-09 Once You Say (Suessenborn Sinessence Mix)

Info :
Initially formed in Chelmsford, Essex by school friends Douglas McCarthy [lead vocals, guitar], Vaughn ‘Bon’ Harris [vocals, percussion, guitar] and David Gooday [percussion] in the mid 1980’s, Nitzer Ebb were influenced by the harder sounds of the early electro pop scene, but also distilled elements from several other genres until they had created their own identifiable sound characterised by powerful rhythms, minimal sequencer bass and hooklines and fierce, chanted vocals.

The trio caught the attention of PWL producer Phil Harding, who not only produced their 1985 debut single Isn’t It Funny How Your Body Works?, but also helped them set up their own label, Power Of Voice Communications, on which to release it. Their impassioned techno rage was captured perfectly on three further singles: Warsaw Ghetto (1985), Warsaw Ghetto Remixes (1986) and Let Your Body Learn (1986), which raised their profile to the extent that in mainland Europe they were soon regarded as leading exponents of the new Hard Beat or Electronic Body Music (EBM) scene.
Signing to Mute Records (the UK’s biggest electronic record label) in late 1986, they released the brutal beats of Murderous (1986) and international funk aggression of Let Your Body Learn (1987) as the opening salvoes in what would prove to be a long-term relationship with the company. The latter single was a smash hit in the clubs of New York, while their next release Join In The Chant (1987) was an early hit on the nascent UK acid house scene. Their subsequent debut album That Total Age (1987) neatly encapsulated the essence of the band, combining irresistible rhythms with controlled anger and energy to create a classic slice of hard-edged proto-Balearic techno. It became for many fans the definitive example of the Nitzer Ebb sound.
This infectious mix attracted the attention of fellow Essex lads and label mates Depeche Mode, who invited the group to accompany them on the European leg of a highly successful world tour, exposing them to large – and appreciative – live audiences. Returning to the studio after the tour, they completed their next album Belief (1989) as a duo following the departure of David Gooday, while Mark ‘Flood’ Ellis became their new producer and steered McCarthy and Harris towards a more refined sound. With their own world tour now in the pipeline, they recruited Julian Beeston to assist them and he soon became a regular contributor both on and off stage.

The third Nitzer Ebb album Showtime (1990) revealed a less confrontational sound and an accessibility that appealed particularly to audiences in the US. The single Fun To Be Had (1990) even received a groovy remix by the grandfather of funk George Clinton and reached no. 2 on the US dance chart. For their fourth album, Ebbhead (1991), they showcased a more considered, orchestrated songwriting style that still threw in plenty of hard industrial beats and raw guitar samples. Promoting the album with a global tour that took them from the southern US to northern Siberia, they were beginning to enjoy the fruits of their truly international appeal.

However, by the time of their fifth album Big Hit (1995), Nitzer Ebb had been through a major metamorphosis. Gone was the techno rage of yore, and in its place was a greater use of ‘real’ instruments, especially guitars and drums. The new songs were also more complex, dividing their fan base into those who simply wanted them to go on making Electronic Body Music and those who supported their desire to develop. McCarthy and Harris recruited a new third member, Jason Payne [percussion], to their main line-up, and also brought in John Napier [guitar, percussion] to assist with live performances.
Big Hit seemed to be the final release by the band, with all concerned beginning to concentrate on various solo and side projects, a practice McCarthy, Harris and Beeston had actually started in 1989 when collaborating with the German group Die Krupps. McCarthy has subsequently been a regular collaborator with both Alan Wilder (formerly of Depeche Mode) on his Recoil project and French electronic producer Terence Fixmer as Fixmer/McCarthy, while Bon Harris relocated to Los Angeles and worked as 13mg and as a member of Maven.
However, the turn of the millennium saw the likes of respected DJ/musicians such as Richie Hawtin, Derrick May and LFO’s Mark Bell pay tribute to Nitzer Ebb by remixing some of their classic tracks for a series of 12” releases on NovaMute, while 2006 saw Mute honour their enduring influence with a CD/DVD retrospective entitled Body of Work. This coincided with the group starting to play live again, since when they have graced many festival stages, toured in their own right and recorded new songs.
Finally, almost 15 years after the release of their last studio album, Nitzer Ebb are releasing the fruits of these recent recording sessions as their brand new album, Industrial Complex, on the German label Major Records. A comeback after such a long hiatus is difficult for any act, with the inherent danger of sounding either dated if it veers too close to past glories, or irrelevant if new recordings are too different to previous releases, no matter how good the material may be. However, with Industrial Complex Nitzer Ebb have expertly mastered the challenge and delivered a piece of work that sounds fresh and modern but without denying their past. Musically and vocally diverse but without being uneven, they focus on the essence of each track (something they’ve always been particularly good at) and thus Industrial Complex works perfectly on the dance floor and at home on headphones. The album features several songs that have become staples of the band’s live set since its reformation, including the irresistibly energetic Once You Say (which features Depeche Mode songwriter Martin Gore on backing vocals) and marching rhythms of Payroll, while the dark, brooding Never Known has featured in the soundtrack to Saw IV.

Listen:
@myspace.com/nitzerebbmusic

Buy:
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Websites:
Nitzer Ebb
Major Records

out now: State Of The Union – Dancing In The Dark [Infacted Recordings]

 

Artist:
State Of The Union

 

Title:
Dancing In The Dark

 

Label:
Infacted Recordings

 

Cat#:
fact 3132

 

Release Date:
22nd January 2010

 

Format:
CD-Maxi

 

Tracklist:
01.
Dancing In The Dark
(Heimataerde Remix)

02.
Dancing In The Dark
(Digital Frequence Remix)

03.
Dancing In The Dark
(Pulse State Remix)

04.
Dancing In The Dark
(Cryogen Second Remix)

05.
Dancing In The Dark
(Die With You Remix)

06.
Dancing In The Dark
(Martyr Art Remix)

07.
Dancing In The Dark
(Sthilmann Remix)

08.
Dancing In The Dark
(Stahlnebel Remix)

09.
Dancing In The Dark
(De Tot Cor Remix)

10.
Dancing In The Dark
(Electrovot Remix)

11.
Dancing In The Dark
(Thanos Mylonas Remix)

12.
Dancing In The Dark
(Mordacious Remix)

13.
Dancing In The Dark
(Art Deko Remix)

14.
Dancing In The Dark
(Led Manville Remix)

15.
Dancing In The Dark
(Neuromatik Remix)

16.
Dancing In The Dark
(Fatal Rupture Remix)

17.
Dancing In The Dark
(Aqualite Remix)

18.
Dancing In The Dark
(Enter & Fall Remix)

19.
Dancing In The Dark
(Polarized Remix)

20.
Dancing In The Dark
(Sidechain Remix)

21.
Dancing In The Dark
(Reizstrom Remix)

22.
Dancing In The Dark
(Red Flag Remix)

23.
Dancing In The Dark
(Nydhog Remix)

24.
Dancing In The Dark
(Ladder Remix)

25.
Dancing In The Dark
(Orphee Remix)

Tracks 16-25 are MP3 bonus tracks!

 

Info :
With the release of their last album “Evol Love Industry” State Of The Union managed to get a real breakthrough in the european electronic scene. Besides bands like VNV NATION or ASSEMBLAGE 23, State Of The Union became a driving force in the “past futurepop” movement. Songs like “Timerunner”, “Fall from Grace” or “Radioman” became real clubhits in the scene. With “Dancing in the Dark” the band delivers another floorsmash for their fans and the clubs around the globe! The new MCD delivers a never before tried out new release concept. Leaving out the original track (to be exclusively found on the next State Of The Union studio album) the MCD comes with 25 (!) versions of “Dancing in the Dark” (15 in audio + 10 in mp3 format). A must for all clubmaniacs, DJs and dark dancers!

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Buy CD:
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Websites:
State Of Union
Infacted Recordings

 

Soon: Ortin Cam – Felt / Inner City (Mote-Evolver)

Artist:
Ortin Cam

Title:
Felt / Inner City

Label:
Mote-Evolver

Cat#:
MOTE014

Release Date:
25. January 2010

Format:
12″ & digital downloads

Tracklist:
01 Felt (Part 1)
02 Inner City
03 Felt (Part 2)

Track 03 is digital-only!

Info :
Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver label pushes on to its fourteenth release with the momentum firmly behind them. With Cari Lekebusch’s “Spindizzy” release riding high in the sales charts and attracting wide praise and excitement.

Having taken care of business in spectacular fashion with his “Carnage” track on Mote-Evolver back in September, Ortin Cam is back with more of his trademark floor-shaking futuristic techno. An significant force within Belgium’s ever-reliable techno scene, Ortin Cam’s rousing music has led him to be a regular contributor for leading labels such as Drumcode and Invasion. This EP on Mote-Evolver is further evidence why Ortin Cam’s distinctive style is on the rise.

“Felt (Part 1)” is the sort of full-force techno which fans of previous Mote-Evolver release, Carnage will jump at. Heavily industrial with a knock-out kick drum the track progresses through a series of intensifying phases before bringing it all back together for a crescendo of disorientating madness.

“Inner City” rounds off the EP in fierce style with an almightily electro-techno
hybrid. Intense and insane, the combination of the unique rubbery-sounding main hook, scratchy white noise effects and epic production make this a standout track

“Felt (Part 2)” (digital only) retains the raw, industrial vibe evident in Part 1 but opts to channel the energy via a killer acid bassline. Pitched to a groovier tempo, the tracks more subtle approach, funky drum loops and arrangement still pack a massive punch.

Listen:
“Felt (Part 1)”

“Inner City”

Buy:
juno.co.uk (physical)
deejay.de (physical)
decks.de (physical)
Beatport (digital)
JunoDownload (digital)

Websites:
Ortin Cam
Mote-Evolver

out now: Planetary Assault Systems – Remixes

Artist:
Planetary Assault Systems

Title:
Remixes

Label:
Ostgut Ton

Cat#:
O-TON 31

Release Date:
23. November 2009

Format:
12″ & digital downloads

Tracklist:
01 X Speaks To X (Al Tourettes & Appleblim Remix)
02 Hold It (Deuce Remix)

Info :
Following the Planetary Assault Systems long player (Oton CD09 ), the most recent ouput from veteran electronic music figurehead Luke Slater’s most prominent alias, we continue the exploration into the outer limits with remixes by Al Tourettes & Appleblim, and Deuce.
Perveyors of the UK Dubstep / Techno hybrid, Bristol’s Al Tourettes and Appleblim contort and re-form “X Speaks To X” into a devious, hot-footed celebration of dark and intense broken-beat electronics. Tight, tensile and direct, the pair intwine suggestions of melody, thick synth patterns and shuddering sub-sonic bass lines around the heavy, morphing groove. 
Deuce (or Bergahin residents Shed and Marcel Dettmann for those in the know) turn in their relentless yet smoothly rounded version of “Hold It” by building upon the same foundations that shaped their bass-heavy, purist debut on the label. Droning and phasing to the point of hypnosis, this reduced and pumping tool sums up the energy that drives both Shed and Dettmann during their appearances at Berghain. Honouring the original for its insight and clout, Deuce let the bass energy flow in abundace as their instictive arrangement unfolds.

Listen:
deejay.de (physical)

Full Track Streaming:
“X Speaks To X (Al Tourettes & Appleblim Remix)”

Buy:
Juno (physical)
deejay.de (physical)
Beatport (digital)
Zeo-Inch (digital)

Booking:
Planetary Assault Systems

Websites:
Planetary Assault Systems
Ostgut Ton

Solitary Experiments – In The Eye Of The Beholder

Artist:
Solitary Experiments

Title:
In The Eye Of The Beholder

Label:
Out Of Line

Cat#:
OUT 377|378

Release Date:
23rd October 2009

Format:
2xCD

Tracklist:
1-01. Words Of Wisdom
1-02. Rise And Fall
1-03. Immortal (Album)
1-04. Road To Horizon
1-05. Darkness Falls
1-06. Dead And Gone
1-07. Point Of View
1-08. Déjà Vu
1-09. Seele Bricht V2.0
1-10. Worst Case Scenario
1-11. A Rush Of Ecstasy
1-12. No Surrender
2-01. Rise And Fall (Colony 5 Remix)
2-02. Immortal (Cephalgy Remix)
2-03. Point Of View (Diskonnekted Remix)
2-04. Rise And Fall (Final Illusion Remix)
2-05. Immortal (Heimataerde Remix)
2-06. Road To Horizon (Millimetric Remix)
2-07. Darkness Falls (Plastic Noise Experience Remix)
2-08. Immortal (Miss Peppermint’s Midnight Mix)
2-09. Rise And Fall (Coke And Hookers Overdose Mix) *
2-10. Darkness Falls (Until The End Remix) +
2-11. Point Of View (Leather Strip Remix)
2-12. Rise And Fall (ES23 Remix 1st)
2-13. Rise And Fall (Societal Collapse Remix) #
2-14. Rise And Fall (Reizstrom Remix 3rd)

* By Sinessence/Suessenborn
+ By Controlled Collapse
# By Pulse State

Info :
The Berlin-based trio Solitary Experiments has long since understood the fact that good electronic music will require more than bringing together some synthesizer presets with some cuddly beats. Thus, on the new album „In The Eye Of The Beholder“, the band lays just as much emphasis on good song writing, catchy melodies and multi-faceted arrangements as on club-compatible beats and solid bass. The anthemic Electro-tracks keep the delicate balance between catchiness and a thorough dose of power that keeps them from ever drifting into Pop-muzak realms. Effectively carried by Dennis Schober’s warm voice and spiced up with a lot of emotional depth, “In The Eye Of The Beholder” becomes a picture perfect example of how intelligent electronic music in a field of tension between melody and club-appeal should sound. The album will be released as a double CD including a bonus disc with remixes, rarities and unreleased tracks. Club sounds with a lot of soul!

Listen:
coming soon

Buy:
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Websites:
Solitary Experiments
Out Of Line