8.01.2014

JULIEN SKROBEK









Foto: New tape "Minutes" available from Kiks/GFR label. Minimal noise.
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"Minutes"
Year:  2014
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  Kiks / GFR
Format:  cassette
Edition:  limited
Tracks:  4
Time:  20
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Ambient Noise Wall





















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STATIC PARK
"Planet of the red​-​masked wallers"
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  none
Format:  cassette
Edition:  limited
Tracks:  5
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Ambient Noise Wall











NOISE project started by Julien Skrobek from Paris (France). His style is a balance between HNW and landscapes and textures more Drone / Ambient oriented. But the element more surprising and original of STATIC PARK, is that mix between noise storms with instruments totally differents such as: Rap bases and drums, acoustic guitar, metallic bells, etc. These experiments become STATIC PARK in a original and totally unusual noise project. The artist is also talented to make paintigs, drawings and skateboard designs and write his own musical blog with interviews, reviews, contacts, etc. Another element that it seem has influenced the STATIC PARK noise is according to Skrobek: "... so as I told you in a previous post I'm reading a kind of encyclopedia of exploitation movies. I must say I've already seen a good part of these movies but it's always nice to read about something you love. Anyway, the book inspired me for this release again, more specifically old-school SF/Horror  movies such as Mario Bava's Terrore Nello Spazio. However, the titles are also a reference to The Masque Of The Red Death by Roger Corman. I made my own little mix here...
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"La tristesse durera toute la vie"
Year:  2012
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Artist:  Julien Skrobek
Label:  Claustrophilia rec.
Format:  cassette
Edition:  20 copies
Tracks:  1
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Harsh Noise Wall

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7.26.2014

AMBASSADOR 21







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Year:  2013
Country:  Belarus
City:  Minsk
Artist:  Alexey & Natasha
Label:  Hands prod.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Rhythmic Noise













Founded in 2001 in Minsk, Belarus by Natasha A Twentyone (voice, electronics) and Alexey Protasov (voice, electronics), Ambassador21 fuses industrial/digital hardcore sounds with punk attitude and powerful lyrics in English and Russian. Duo toured a lot over Europe since 2003 and performed at the festivals like Wave-Gotik-Treffen (Germany), M'era Luna (Germany), Kinetik Festival (Canada), Maschinenfest (Germany), Ososphere Festival (France), Dark Dance Treffen (Germany), Koma Festival (Norway), Noxious Art Festival (France), Chauffer Dans La Noirceur (France), Castle Party (Poland), Elektroanschlag (Germany), Resistance Festival (UK), Sick & Twisted (UK), Sickfest (Russia), Dark Easter (Netherlands), Noise Central Festifal (Netherlands) and many more. In 2002 Ambassador21 founded their own record label Invasion. During Ambassador21 existence they released 26 full-length records and lots of tracks and remixes for Invasion, Metropolis, Ant-Zen, Hands Productions, Pflichtkauf, Vendetta Music, Audiotrauma, Out Of Line, Beton Kopf Media and more.
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"Never mind the bollocks"
Year:  2013
Country:  Belarus
City:  Minsk
Artist:  Alexey & Natasha
Label:  Invasion Wreck Chords
Format:  CD
Tracks: 18
Time:  62 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Rhythmic Noise















Alexey & Natasha recorded this release in 2 formats: studio and live. The purpouse of this album is not a tribute to the punk band Sex Pistols, but to protest and to support the gay marriage and adoption legalization. AMBASSADOR 21 is not the typical electronic project that has not ideas nor ideology, they have compromise and their songs has lyrical themes such as: social issues, politics, anti-racism, anti-fascism, etc. This double album was made in mp3 format through their own label Invasion "Wreck Chords" and you can still buy it  HERE .
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7.19.2014

JOHANNES BÜNEMANN














"The Beginnning Of The Light"
Year:  2014
Country:  Germany
City:  Berlin
Label:  99 rooms
Format:  CD
Tracks: 10
Time:  45min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Noise   Ambient   Rhythmic



















The first thing that struck me when I came across this record on Bandcamp coincidentally, was the cover: a stunning and huge black stone monolith. I was curious and started listening. While I was looking for more information on network JOHANNES BÜNEMANN: biography, music, youtubes, b-side projects, turntables, etc. It was clear that this was not a newcomer, but a veteran in the world of music. This album has influences of moderate noise and distortions. Also landscapes of ambient and drone. But what surprised me were these rhythms so close to techno, breakbeat and to... why not say? Dance music. Yes, here are some rhythms and is danceable, but everything is treated seriously and not mainstream. I do not usually listen to Techno or Dance, but I like some rhythmic noise or noise power projects. I like definitely JOHANNES BÜNEMANN and this album in particular I think is fantastic. I recommend it.     10 / 10
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7.15.2014

SASCHA STADLMEIER












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EXEDO
"Wastage"
Year:  2014
Country:  Germany
City:  Augsburg
Label:  Attenuation Circuit
Format:  cassette
Edition:  4 copies
Tracks:  2
Time:  38
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Noise   Drone



















This is one of the many b-side musical projects run by Sascha Stadlmeier from Augsburg, Germany. Sascha run also an interesting label named "Attenuation Circuit Records" since 2000, so 15 years working, promoting and supporting the experimental music. Apart EXEDO we can named his main project called EMERGE and of course his own label: "Attenuation Circuit". And he has recorded from austere harsh noise to ambient to drone or even electronic music. The common denominator in his releases is the high creative level, but he can make styles really different between them. In EXEDO the sound move into drone / noise, sometimes closer to noise but sometimes closer to ambient / drone. In "wastage" we can listen to 2 tracks of almost 20 minutes each one and very similars between them. The cover could remind the german industrial music but not, here there is nothing to do about it. There is not rhythm nor melodies, just long noises, landscapes and emptyness. Nothing more. The better recommandation is to listen to several times because this is a great and good work.
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7.09.2014

ELÍAS MERINO










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Year:  2013
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Artist:  Elías Merino & Grassa Dato
Label:  Experimenta Club
Format:  net
Tracks:  1
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Experimental   Ambient   Noise

















I listened to this net release few months ago and I didn´t like too much, but little by little I began to listen to several times and nowadays I can to affirm my conviction that we are in front of a great but hidden treasure. It seem almost nobody known this collaboration between these 2 spanish artists: Elías Merino & Grassa Dato, but the reality is together get to make a very good fruits. About styles, we can to named: ambient, drone, space and minimal noises, and all together get to create a great atmosphere: a little disturbing and mysterious, but nothing terrifying or sinister. Quite easy to listening and really interesting and mature. Very good work.




About the spanish net label EXPERIMENTA CLUB, I have just discovered it now but it seem a very interesting project. The label is focused on experimental music, sound art, electronics, field recordings and minimal noise, and is curated by Jaime Munárriz & Javier Piñango from Madrid. I recommend to see its releases in its website or in archive.org, there are true hidden treasures to discover.
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6.28.2014

SEAN MC MORROW








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"Interior larceny"
Year:  2013
Country:  Australia
City:  Melbourne
Label:   Virulent Rationality rec.
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  5
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Ambient   Drone   Noise














Noise and experimental project run by the australian experimentalist musician Sean McMorrow (who comes from play hardcore and punk music in other bands) have had also another b-side projects such as: Microvom , Radical Creation, Nihil Dwellers, N33 Warriors, Pleasure Bros, Dry Mouth and more. Most of them very short lived and with only one recording (always in cassette format and ultra-limited edition). Apart music, McMorrow run his own small, independent and pride label “Virrash Records” aka “Virulent Rationality Records”, and has made and distribute 13 releases since nowadays (2014).
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"Road Knight"
Year: 2014
Country:  Australia
City:  Melbourne
Artist:  Sean McMorrow & Fjorn Butler
Artwork:  Fjorn Butler
Label:  Virulent Rationality rec.
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  6
Time:  27 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Experimental   Noise











Impossible to imagine what the hell was I thinking when Sean Mc Morrow recorded this cassette. The word "experimental" is insufficient to describe the sound paranoina that emerges from these five tracks, 30 minutes away from noise, space, ambient, drone and perhaps kraut-rock? Sean Mc Morrow was sleeping while dreaming when recorded this tape? I strongly believe so. The closest to the sound of "Road Knight" is the sound that occurs in the world of dreams, drowsiness and deep sleep. This time I could to listen to three Sean Mc Morrow works, and I choose this one as my favourite no doubt. Great inspiration friends.    9 / 10
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"Astral outback"
Year:  2014
Country:  Australia
City:  Melbourne
Label:  Virulent Rationality rec.
Format:  cassette
Tracks: 4
Time:  70
Genre:  electronic
Style:  Space   Noise   Experimental


















According by the band general information, all noises and sounds made in this release was made like an "stoned noise" made with tape loops and cheap equipment. The result is an extravagant travel to noise, ambient, experimental and this kind of psychedelia which remind the 60s decade. The whole has a quality sound quite lo-fi but this is not a problem at all, in opposite, it give to the tape an old ambient sound, like the first industrial / noise bands from 1979. The 2 artists get to give an excentric general ambient with soft noises and cheap sounds. Recommended for lovers of true Underground spirit.
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6.12.2014

N-URSS










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Year:  2010
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Label:  Protea rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  7
Time:  24 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Electro   Industrial















N-URSS is a one man project created by "Erg" (a dark ambient project) in 2007 in Madrid (Spain). In this year, “Victory”, the first demo was released. The music is inspired in a postapocalyptic soviet world. "Soyuz", the second album was released in 2010.I'm afraid finally it's time to review N-URSS and I said "I'm afraid" because it is a little difficult for me to talk about this project. Given my experience in the world of rock'n'roll almost from my own birth (my own family is very "rocker"), I discovered the world of electronic music too late. When I was already old enough. And we all know about "electronic" how gender is a very spacious, huge world. The reason which I accepted to review this disc frankly was not for musical reasons, but because I liked this Soviet retro-futurist aesthetic. An era which Russia was called USSR, and it was a rival (  even enemy) to the other great country: USA, especially in military and technological advances. But N-URSS doesn´t sound always Industrial, cold and dry. There is also space for a violin (yes) which is simply perfect. I hallucinate with the contrasts of N-URSS, which sometimes remind me Vangelis (ambient, drone, space) and other times hard sound like legendarys German bands Einstürzende Neubauten, Kraftwerk or Industrial projects. Important to mention the song "New Gods" which is a collaboration with the spanish great dark ambient band ELDAR . N-URSS is not a project of noise at all, but I think the artist doesn´t want demonstrate at all this genre. It is simply a contrast between the coldness Industrial music and the warmth of Vangelis mentioned before. Returning to the artwork, design and aesthetics in general, the whole it becomes original and different. Good work.
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