If you've been keeping abreast of all things Minimal Wave this year, you'll probably have picked up on Veronica Vasicka hinting at a forthcoming split release from Silent Servant and Broken English Club, the new project from UK techno man Oliver Ho. We've certainly been eagerly awaiting it her at Juno HQ and it's great to see Violence And Divinity live up to and surpass these expectations! Silent Servant mans the A Side with two tracks that will be familiar to anyone that's been lucky enough to catch his live sets of late, indeed it's almost too easy to visualise the flashing strobes as the pummelling EBM lines of "Cut Unconscious" unravel and beat you down. The two accompanying productions from Ho's Broken English Club dovetail nicely, but veer off into more wave orientated territory, with "Divinity" sounding quite like some of the earlier material put out by In Aeternam Vale. In a word, superb.
Le Tombeau D'Edgar Poe (In Aeternam Vale remix) - (5:09) 68 BPM
Coldwave combo Casino Shanghai isn't the best known of new wave acts. The Mexican trio was founded in the early '80s and released their debut album, Film, in 1985. The two original tracks on this EP were both recorded around the same time, making them authentic snapshots of a bygone age. "L'Tombeau D'Edgar Poe" is particularly special, with stylish French female vocals riding a low-slung groove and creepy electronics. While "L'Action Minimal" is a little sweeter, touching on glistening synth-pop whilst retaining heavy bottom end pressure, it's no less potent. The package is completed by a remix of 'L'Tombeau D'Edgar Poe" by fellow '80s minimal wave combo In Aeternam Vale. Their rework is decidedly tougher, with dusty synth textures riding a thumping, techno-tempo groove.
Patrick, Frank & Joe Are Chasing The White Rabbitoh - (4:04) 90 BPM
Names (reprise) - (4:09) 120 BPM
Lars "Anstam" Stoewe has long been part of Modeselektor's extended family of artists, releasing his first two albums on their 50 Weapons label. While those first two sets were characterized by a desire to blend punishing dancefloor rhytms with elements of IDM and dark ambience, Names - his third LP - is a largely more considered affair, with shards of light amongst the gathering gloom. Of course, he's not totally abandoned the skittering rhythms and maudlin basslines - see the sweeping chords and intense beats of "I Stopped Counting" and the rushing post-dubstep blast of "Fragments of the Good Old Days" - but these moments are countered by hazy songs and sweet soundscapes, with the superb "The Obvious & The Impeccable" standing out.
Zex Model - "Forbidden Alterations" - (5:04) 96 BPM
Zex Model - "Rokk" - (5:15) 60 BPM
Zex Model - "Teosophia" - (4:26) 80 BPM
Zex Model - "Tokyo Blitz" - (4:12) 120 BPM
Contemporary industrialists Statiqbloom and Zex Model have been pricking the ears of coldwave-minded listeners for some time, largely through a catalogue of self-released gems. Here, Paris's worthy Desire Records imprint gives them a chance to shine, bringing together an album's worth of tracks from the two producers. Statiqbloom - a side project from former heavy metal artist Fade Kainer - handles the virtual A-side, dropping a quartet of tracks that sound like the mutant offspring of Nitzer Ebb, Nine Inch Nails and 400 Blows. There's a similarly stylish and distorted feel about Russian producer Zex Model's contributions, with the intense EBM of "Rokk" and discordant buzz of "Tokyo Blitz" standing out.
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