Structures Vol. 1 - DSBP cyber elektro compilation"
electronic - industrial
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artists on
this release and on the vol. 2 disk. In fact, I like these CDs a lot
more than most of the flashier releases by bigger labels in the electro-industrial
scene. Long live labels such as DSBP for supporting the underground
and particularly new unsigned bands.
This compilation was released in mid-1997 and features many new and
unsigned electro-industrial artists.
It begins with the Blind Passengers' track "Respect Yourself"
which, with it's non-robotic dance beats, catchy vocals and flangey
guitars reminds me of early 90s British electro-pop such as Jesus
Jones, EMF and Pop Will Eat Itself.
The next act, Con, have an 80s new-romantic influence in their
sound for "down"; one of my favourites on this disk. It features
contrasting subdued vocal verses into a loud chorus, techno beat and
ethereal industrial synth noises. Reminds me a bit of Spahn Ranch.
Mimic Mind present a straight down the line Western Europe electronic-body-music
piece with deep android vocals. I really like the fuzzy feedback noises.
Tubalcain's track "God on the Tongue" begins with some
very annoying ranting dialogue samples that lead into a very groovey
e.b.m. pop stomp with catchy hooks to boot (this band features the
vocalist from Spahn Ranch).
"Never Inhale" is a fast chugging guitar-driven stomp with breakbeats
and gruff rah-rah vocals. Reminiscent of Klute and the FLA remixes
of Fear Factory.
by A New January, is a slower romantic new-wave electro-pop
song - reminds me of Depeche Mode. Some interesting structural breakdown
Clowj present "Blackout" which is another track I really
like. It has a straight forward slow techno beat, weary vocals, plonking
bass-synth and dreamy synths. I love the way the vocals and synths
soar off into the stratosphere mid-song. One almost feels like one
is flying through blue skies over a desert somewhere! Well, almost!
track "Body Worship" has become stuck in my head. Those naughty
people. An e.b.m piece with chugging guitars and enchanting middle-eastern
type keyboard lines. It reminds me of classic e.b.m acts such as A
Split Second and Click Click. It's good to hear the effective incorporation
of guitars in this style. I don't think I've heard a guiro sound used
in e.b.m. before! Now that's pretty brave.
present a classic e.b.m piece with deep pitch-shifted android vocals.
I like the breathing space used at the end of the track with the solo
cloudy synth sequence.
track "Darkness" begins with a sound I've heard a billion times
(hey, the Korg M1 was my first synth!) Even so, despite a few other
sounds that I know better than the back of my hand, this piece is
characterised by operatic-gothic female vocals which interplay very
effectively with the high keyboard lines. Quite a delightful dreamy
Man is a very Depeche Modish act - particularly the vocals, though
I should add they get a bit more emotional than I've ever heard DM
get. Though I never could tolerate Depeche Mode's sound, The Man do
this style well on "Captivity" and get my tick of approval
through the interesting squealing samples and willingness to get at
least a little bit carried away vocally.
Room's instrumental "Her Overcoat" is a well constructed
piece. Though it's probably not exactly cutting edge to do a dark-electro
instrumental with samples from horror films. Unfortunately, such things
just don't hold my attention anymore.
Paradox's "Her Overcoat" is more of a contemporary elektro-gothic-rock
crossover piece. At places it reminds of Skinny Puppy's last album
- the guitarish tracks. Cheeky use of typewriters in this piece.
Cause and their track "Anniversary of Mental Derangment"
stand out by virtue of their funk-metal-influenced style with vocals
ranging from strangulated croons to cookie monster gruffness. While
they do this genre very well, I never could tolerate American doom-metal
stuff. Far from sounding scary or profound, such music sounds to me
like a bunch of parent-frightened teenagers trying in vain to puff
themselves up like a defensive spider to look bigger.
track "No Trust" is quite similar to that by diverje. That's
no surprise really, they both contain Tommy T. I don't really know
why they are separate projects, the only difference I can find is
that diverje features guitars. They both share a similar dark-electro
sound and Mr. T's characteristic alien vocals.
"Anything (97 mix)" features lyrics that anywhere else I think
I'd find completely annoying. However, the way they are sung by the
female vocalist and their quirky electronics makes it one of my favourite
tracks here. Quite a unique and refreshing sound. The closest comparison
I can think of is Laurie Anderson.
The CD closes with "Connect" by Provizion - a collaboration
between Tommy T and Jeff Danos of Testube. But hang on, didn't they
also have a project called "Wrack Process"? This is just getting silly
all these different names! Anyway, what of the music? This is a stomping
quirky e.b.m piece that's also heavily influenced by the mid-to-late-80s
hey-day of European e.b.m.
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