Review: The Geins't Nait trio continue to wreak havoc on our charts and disorder in our minds, coming through with a new LP for the excellent Offen Music, home to the likes of Rex Ilusivii, Toresch and Ivan Smagghe's collaboration with Rupert Cross. Make Dogs Sing is an album of euphoria and mystique, offering 13 tracks of ethereal beauty, ranging from the very moody to the unscrupulously wide-eyed. There is a gentle movement amid the drones, however, with scrappy analogue beats weaving their way into a cauldron of cavernous dread, such as "Ciseaux Daddy", a fine piece of electronic tweaking that flows beautifully into the likes of "China" and "Discord", all equally mesmerizing pools of beats and sonic performed with nothing but heart and soul. This is a stand-out for us, and it will surely be an album that stands the test of time. TIP!
Review: Dusseldorf imprint Offen Music present posthumous works unveiled by Serbian legend Rex Ilusivii aka Mitar Subotic, who passed away tragically in 1999 when his Sao Paulo, Brazil studio caught fire. As the label themselves best put it: "To this day Rex Ilusivii remains an enigma of the global music culture, caught between late cold war electronic spheres, classic and the power of found sound." These seven unearthed excursions run the gamut from dark industrial and creepy imaginary soundtracks to bizarro cosmic synth oddities. Highly recommended listening.
Review: Well it seems that Vladimir Ivkovic's Offen Music will prove to be every bit as far reaching and unpredictable as his legendary sets at Dusseldorf's Salon Des Amateurs. To recap, the debut Offen offering was a rare sojourn through the unreleased archives of Rex Illusivii, aka cult Serbian musician Mitar Suboti?. This second release introduces Toresch, a new project featuring Detlef Weinrich, Viktoria Wehrmeister and Jan Wagner. Weinrich is of course Salon icon Tolouse Low Trax, and if you were a fan of his recent Themes For Great Citites 12" you will want to spend some time acquainting yourself with the six tracks on this Essen Fur Alle mini LP. Musically, this is largely an affair between the vocals of Wehrmeister and Weinrich's snapping, fluctuating production hand. Wagner's involvement is largely an aesthetic one. Regardless this is a fine collection of music that will appeal to fans of the Salon sound and posits Toresch as a modern day CH BB. Quite wonderful.