While they are currently in the studio recording their third album, Belarusian act DIFFUZION today have released their first single from the new album. You get five songs on the EP, two mixes of “Insomnia” and three of “City Of Dust”.
“Insomnia” starts things off with a tight and pounding beat and distorted vocals that gives this songs harsh electronics a great forum to kick up a noisy and pulsating vibe that really is catchy. “City Of Dust” is a more mellow synth pop track that has female vocals and flows over you and makes your head bob and gets stuck in your head. “City Of Dust (Junksista mix)” is a bit more deconstructed at first, but then kicks into a nice groove with some Euro house touches that give the song a nice dance floor vibe and get you moving. “Insomnia (sleepless mix by Eff Dst)” hardly has any vocals and has a cool UNDERWORLD vibe going on that brought back memories of spinning their music back in the ’90s and this remix would fit in great with a night of cool electronica / techno. “City Of Dust (Diversant:13 mix)” has a cool, bubbling sound that keeps the dancefloor in its sights, but has a bit more depth and it would sound great loud in the car.
A great taste of what the band is up to and it really makes you look forward to their new album. I’m going to be playing this a lot.
This album from Las Vegas, NV resident Helgritt caught me off guard completely. The high energy album will get you up and you will feel the need to dance as soon as you hit play.
The album comes at you with blasts of Euro-house, EBM, and New Beat all mixed together in a delightful concoction that put a smile on my face right away. You also get a mix of different styles all mashed together on the terrific track “Abomination”. You get the great electronics mixed with chanting, harsh noise, and gentle piano to create a track that really stood out. From start to finish, this is an album of one great song after another with energy and a sense of excitement as a theme.
As I listened to this album, I kept thinking that this is one of the most interesting albums that I’ve heard in a long time, lots of fun tracks that just felt like a party. If you’re looking for an album that brings together the best of different genres and sounds like it’s a lost classic from the early ’90s, then this is the album for you…it is for me!
IMPLANT is back after a four-year hiatus and it’s the Belgian band’s ninth full length in seventeen years. The offerings on this album are varied stylistically: EBM Electro-Clash and Industrial, featuring vocal contributions from LEATHER STRIP, KRYSTAL SYSTEM, and XMH.
From the first song “Lord Knows I Tried (Album Version)”, I’m sold! I love the vocals (Claus from LEATHER STRIP with Len Lemeire) really mesh together well and the upbeat song starts things off perfectly. The excellent electronic beats are carried into the next track which would sound great played in a club, “C.C.C.P.C.C.T.V.”. Great upbeat and danceable song. The highs just keep going, track after track of songs that offer up the best this band has to offer. The energy that is on this album just makes you want to get up and dance, turn up the volume and just enjoy a fantastic electronic album that grabs you time and time again. There is another version of this album that has a bonus CD of remixes and another bonus if you see them live or from the label website with six more remixes.
Only having the single CD is a drag and now I have to go out and get the bonus discs for the complete picture. Go see them live or order this album and have the time of your life enjoying what could be one of my top albums this year.
This album includes vocal duets with Psyche & Sara Noxx, also a cover version of CLAN OF XYMOX’s “Going Round” and bonus remixes by DarkMen, Autodafeh, Dr. Benway, and Strange Connection. An album of slower to mid-paced EBM / industrial that brings to mind the glory days of the late ’80s / early ’90s and some modern touches thrown in. This is the work of a creative and talented electro musician from Mexico, Helder Camberos.
The songs are all done with meticulous precision and beats that will get your feet moving or at least get you nodding along to the songs. The analogue sounds really make this a standout in these times of trying to sound as futuristic as possible nowadays. This is what the future sounded like to us back in the old days and I’m loving every second of this. The vocals go from cold to emotive and the added female vocals add to the album by giving the songs more depth and texture. I was really surprised at how great of a job they did with the CLAN OF XYMOX song “Going Round 2010″ with the feel of the original, but updating it just enough to sound fresh and exciting. I occasionally just put down a list of tracks that stood out, but this was one of those albums that I loved from start to finish and every song is a standout. The remixes at the end are also very well done with the sound of the original tracks, but given a nice extra kick to make them standout from the cookie cutter, overdone remixes that don’t sound anything like the originals at all.
This was a fantastic album that needs to be a part of your collection and played frequently. This is the kind of stuff that just grabs me and makes me want to go and get every release from this band.
V.e.N, aka Virtual Explorer of Noise are an industrial act from Budapest, Hungary. The band mix EBM and aggressive industrial on this EP. It was mastered and recorded by István Gazdag (FIRST AID 4 SOULS) and it features four versions of the title track plus a demo track.
“Last Seconds (2013 Edit)” is a really beat heavy track with shouted vocals and great keyboard stabs that would sound awesome in a club. “Last Seconds (EBM Version by Cyberpsiichosis)” is a more euro house version, but still keeping the integrity of the song. “Last Seconds (Industry Mix)” has more electronic sounds going on, kind of acid house touches here and there, but it still keeps the song from sounding unlike the original version. “Half Dead Life (Demo)” is a really cool sounding instrumental track that has a nice mix of EBM and early techno. “Last Seconds (First Version)” is the original and still is the most powerful of the remixes on here, sounding strong and in your face and makes you want to shout along to it.
A nice EP with really well done remixes that don’t stray from the original a lot, instead they add to the original and give it a nice push into a different sound. I’m looking forward to more from them in the future.