out now: Sinessence – Thrillseeker [Calyx Records]

Artist:
Sinessence

Title:
Thrillseeker

Label:
Calyx Records

Cat#:
CR033

Release Date:
09. April 2010

Format:
CD & digital

Tracklist:
01. Between
02. It Has Began
03. Sadist
04. White Room
05. We Come And Go
06. The Murmur Of The Wind
07. Vacuum Silence (Club Mix)
08. Become One
09. Thrillseeker (Recherche)
10. Cut
11. Hero
12. The Cursed Center
13. Even
14. Superlative Black
15. Nihilism
16. Rummelsburg

Info :
The band Sinessence that consists of two sound engineers from Berlin, Sten and Ryko, as well as the Paris djane Lili, thrives on the different musical backgrounds of their members.

The band, founded by Sten in 1997, bears some resemblance in sound processing to bands like Mentallo & the Fixer, Skinny Puppy or Front Line Assembly, which comes from Sten’s musical roots. Beside his main band Sinessence, Sten is also involved in other ambient-, industrial- and pop projects, and for a few years he was a member of Terminal Choice.

Ryko comes from the noise/industrial sector and he colours the production style with noise attacks and square-edged melodies. Lili’s heart beats for Front 242 and Oldschool electro/E.B.M. So the band’s own motto arose: “Phat hooks on screaming sounds with noisy flavour”.

Their debut CD “Thrillseeker” is full of powerful beats, careful arranged sounds and a fascinating intricacy. But also the texts are convincing because the willing listener can frequently discover a message – a band which has to tell something. The much variable vocals and versatile vocal lines complete the Sinessence sound perfectly. The sound isn’t obtrusive, but it is smoothly absorbed by the consciousness of the listener. So they achieve something that a lot of releases in this genre are lacking. A self-willed but own sound that will emerge for the patient listener bit by bit and gives hope for a new generation of electro heroes.

As an appetizer for their fulltime album, Sinessence released their digital-only single “Between” in December 2009. It contains exclusive tracks – like the French song “Noir Blanc” or the remixes by Supreme Court and Dismantled. The video of “Between” already got a lot of attention before the single was available. The threesome have played live on several festivals like “Planet Myer Day”, on their own concerts in Germany, Poland and France, and as support for bands like Fixmer/McCarthy, Solar Fake, Haujobb, Sero.Overdose, Painbastard or Rotersand.

But Sinessence didn’t only convince on stage, they also satisfy the scene of their quality by providing their own sound and highly acclaimed remixes. So, in January the long awaited album of the electro legend NITZER EBB was released, including an exclusive Sinessence remix of the song “Once You Say” whose backing vocals were contributed by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore. But also other acts, such as Solitary Experiments, Mezire, Mechanical Moth or Leather Strip, were impressed by the quality and put a Sinessence remix on their new album release.

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Sinessence
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out now: De/Vision – Popgefahr

Artist:
De/Vision

Title:
Popgefahr

Label:
Popgefahr Records

Cat#:
Pop 001

Release Date:
19. March 2010

Format:
CD & Deluxe Fan edition

Tracklist:
01. mAndroids
02. Rage
03. What’s Love All About
04. Time To Be Alive
05. Plastic Heart
06. Be A Light To Yourself
07. Ready To Die
08. Flash Of Life
09. Twisted Story
10. Until The End Of Time

Info :
In postmodern times, when listening habits and perception permanently keep being adjusted, it is hard to make reliable prophecies concerning the future of the music industries or their producers. So it seems even more delightful that DE/VISION remain solid as a rock in such turbulent times. For more than twenty years Steffen Keth and Thomas Adam have been releasing extraordinary albums with high hit potential, always turning their attention beyond the usual, exploring musical boundaries and sometimes even causing some irritation amongst their loyal fan base. Ironically it was during their time with the major label WEA Records that DE/VISION experimented the most and the boldest, not only thinking cross-over but also practising it in a refreshingly creative way. This excessive trying out of new styles allowed DE/VISION to define the quintessence of their qualities and musical orientation. The end of this period was marked by their change-over to the indie label Drakkar in 2001 as well as by the reduction of the band to only two remaining members, Steffen and Thomas, who heralded the new beginning with the apt album title “Two”. With the following albums “Devolution” (2003, “6 Feet Underground” (2004) and “Subkutan” (2006) the duo consolidated and specified their electro sound, revisited their faceted past with the colourful “Best of” compilation, and along the way stumbled across a new band constellation: The established producing team Arne Schumann and Josef Bach joined the band for song writing, their first collaboration as a quartet being the exclusive track “Love Will Find A Way” from the “Best of” album. With fresh wind in their sails they started working on their new album “NOOB” which was to be released in the late summer of 2007. The same exciting cross between soft but striking pop melodies and fascinating retro elements recurs on “POPGEFAHR”, a title that also decorates the newly found DE/VISION owned label and once again demonstrates the band’s creativity in finding neologisms, always with a twinkle in the eye.

“On the one hand the term POPGEFAHR clearly stands for the kind of music that we write best – electro pop. The title gives people a first idea where the musical journey is headed”, explains Steffen, proud father of a strapping boy since New Year’s Day. “The album title is further meant to draw the attention to the new self-contained label. For others this might not be of such relevance, but for us it represents a big step towards even more independence. For me the term even carries a further significance. I cannot refrain from a slight irony with all the experience I have gained over the years, that in certain circles and scenes POP is considered a GEFAHR, German for danger. Pop is sort of a commercial sell-out; if I listen to pop music I cannot be cool etc. For this reason certain people do not really listen when, for instance, we release a new album. Our music is judged even though not one single note has been heard yet.”
On the new album danger impends only in form of DE/VISION typical sing along anthems. Since their early beginnings DE/VISION have been a band that has confidently stood out against the crowd with their extraordinary song writing qualities. “POPGEFAHR” makes no exception. In an almost feisty and flirtatious manner the album presents ten ambitious electro tracks, all of them rough around the edges but going straight to one’s head, at the latest when reaching the irresistible choruses.

The anthem-like opera “mANDROIDS” not only in its title merges human qualities with artificial intelligence, but turns out to be a musically coherent symbiosis of mechanical rhythms, electrified sounds and deeply human, heart-warming harmonies. The single “RAGE” on the other hand presents itself invitingly mellow; only to furiously protest with screeching-rasping sounds and distorted voice in its chorus. This interplay of emotions and sounds runs like a thread through this atmospheric album. Songs like “PLASTIC HEART”, the other single track “TIME TO BE ALIVE”, “TWISTED STORY”, “READY TO DIE” or “FLASH OF LIFE” seduce the listener with their compulsive catchy melodies, danceable rhythms and recurring nostalgic sound gimmicks. In contrast to that the tracks “WHAT’S LOVE ALL ABOUT”, “BE A LIGHT TO YOURSELF” and “UNTIL THE END OF TIME” come along as extremely lyrical pop pearls that bring out the high standards set by DE/VISION for this album. The intention was to pour in their positive experience of last year’s tour as duo with a pure electro set into the production process of “POPGEFAHR”.

“We just had a great time and decided quite early on to do the upcoming tour again as a duo.” Steffen recalls. “It would have been absolutely stupid not to make use of this concept. “POPGEFAHR”is an electronic album, which we are very happy to present live just as it is. Soundwise we put an emphasis on perfecting our sound universe and on bringing back the old virtue of composing strong, memorable melodies. In a way with “POPGEFAHR”we went back to following our instincts.”

It is right there that the ten pop diamonds infect the listener with a virus that sticks to the ear canal. An antidote has not been found …
Following up on their last year’s tour’s success with a pure electro set DE/VISION are going to bring “POPGEFAHR” onto the international stages in the same manner commencing spring 2010. They are further planning an extensive tour of North and South America for early autumn.

Listen:
@myspace

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Websites:
De/Vision
Popgefahr Records

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.

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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!

 

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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

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Websites:
Solitary Experiments
Out Of Line