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.

Listen:

Buy:
more buy links …

Websites:
Sinessence
Calyx Records

new MOTE: Submerge – Black Mamba EP (MOTE016)

Artist:
Submerge

Title:
Black Mamba EP

Label:
Mote-Evolver

Cat#:
MOTE016

Release Date:
05. April 2010

Format:
12″ & digital downloads

Tracklist:
01 Black Mamba
02 J-XX

Info :
Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver stands tall amongst its peers as the labels’ consistently high quality output maintains their current run of form. With standout cuts from scene legends Cari Lekebusch and Ortin Cam still fresh in the memory and a stunning EP of ultramodern techno from Finland’s Samuli Kemppi about to drop, the label is pricking up ears with its varied and highly impactful repertoire.

One of the most exciting new techno artists to emerge out of USA in recent times, Submerge (AKA Orlando Solis) has built his reputation on being an eclectic and innovative producer capable of blending all styles of techno to create his signature sound. Currently drawing praise for his recent 2012 EP on his own Impact Mechanics label, Submerge is flying the flag for a new wave of producers bringing fresh energy and ideas in to the techno scene.

Title track Black Mamba leads off the EP with a bang. Bristling with energy and intensity, this is a standout peak-time cut that combines pounding beats, pulsing acid stabs, futuristic phaser effects, chopped up vocals and a riveting breakdown.

On the flip J-XX shows another side of Submerge?s production palette with its steady, building arrangement making for a more linear vibe. Crunchy beats and swirling effects add a feeling of rawness to compliment the tense powerful groove.

Listen:
“Black Mamba”

“J-XX”

Buy:
Juno.co.uk (physical)
Deejay.de (physical)
DJShop.de (physical)

Websites:
Submerge
Mote-Evolver

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

Buy:
PopOnaut
MusicNonStop.co.uk
InfraRot
Amazon GER
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Indietective
JPC

Websites:
De/Vision
Popgefahr Records