DUST OFF: Cluster – Cluster 71 (Water water160 – 2006)

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In 1971 Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Plank shocked the schlager nation with an utterly experimental piece of music called “Cluster”. It was the debut of the group of the same name and an important milestone of the pre-Kraftwerk era.Difficult to believe this three-track album of pulsating drones and irrational synth lines dates back more than 40 years. Certainly not a dance record, it just provides the insight into the vision and abilities of the masters of analog equipment.The album was reissued in 1980 under the name “Cluster ’71” and recent years have seen a number of the group’s […]

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Tropic Of Cancer – Be Brave (Downwards 8)

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Rating: 9/10 This is like a garage band performing in front of black-clad indifferent youth. Although ignorance reflects in distorted vocals and droning sounds of the Tropic Of Cancer, this is a release with passion and attitude.This is not a well-polished production as even the voice of Juan Mendez is in unshaven mode when pushing post-punk thing with Camella Lobo. First ten seconds of “Be Brave” made me think about the return of The Cure, but despite of some rock feel the monotone track is an electronics monster with bass support.Gloomy vocals of the original are gone on the B-side. […]

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Cologne Tape – Render (Magazine 001) – 9/10

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Cologne Tape is an orchestra consisting of no less than eleven people. Including Jörg Burger who has worked under aliases like Bionaut, Modernist, to name a few, and gone a long way in making Cologne an electronic music power center. He has been joined by producers behind the projects like Ada, Popnoname, The Field and others. All tracks are just called “Render” and numbered from one to five. The intro-like opener is a crash of massive bass effects, hollow percussion experiments and haunting voices, all thrown into the same pot and alerting the listener for what’s coming. “Render 2 (Magazine […]

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