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posted: Jan 5, 2006 category: Reviews

On The One And The Zero:

On The One And The Zero is Randall and Alin laying bare their love for the metallic clatter of Einstürzende Neubauten, their inner furor for Squarepusher beat collisions and their nascent tumescence for glitch and static-pop. They've made a record of junkyard funk, a fusion of synth-pop (sans such ephemeral nonsense as lyrics) and machine noise that beats with just a jackhammer fury that it sweats viscous oil...Scanalyzer is the sound of the free underground radio stations of the next generation: built in the basement, mastered in the kitchen and blasted into the ether by a hand-made transmitter hidden out behind the tool shed. Raw, noisy, and sure to raise blisters on your lips as you kiss your speakers.

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posted: Dec 29, 2005 category: Reviews

Europa:

Normally a Micronaut album is wrought with big-beat house but Europa is its distant dark cousin. Grouped well with the likes of dark ambient but with more of a Aphex Twin or Autechre style with its disjointed bleeps and beats, Europa is one of those albums that you come across and can't put down…ever. The cello you hear is courtesy of Mike Fisher of Machines of Loving Grace and Amish Rake Fight fame. Chris Randall's fame might have come at the helm of his electro-industrial outfit Sister Machine Gun (one of my personal faves) but he continues to impress alongside Miguel Turnazas with his Micronaut project. Stoked isn't even close to cutting it.

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posted: Dec 28, 2005 category: Reviews

Metropolitan:

Trip-hoppy and kind of jazzy, very stylish electronics and female vocal. Addictive hooks and sophisticated delivery, redolent with meaning. If I didn't loathe the commercial music industry so much I might smell a "hit" here. Alas, I lack sufficent weaselhood to make that proclamation. This is the real shizzle though.

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posted: Dec 25, 2005 category: Reviews

On The One And The Zero:

Teaming up in Scanalyzer is Sister Machine Gun's Chris Randall and Christ Analogue's Wade Alin. Their full-length debut On the One and the Zero sees a return to electronic ingenuity and industrial waste lands. The rhythms are noisy and populated with incredible engineering efforts that show off both artists extreme programming skills. Bleep-happy hipsters will love the IDM and glitchy beats but this is an album that is experimentally catchy. The soundscapes are dark and cavernous, and you're often furiously tripping out over the complex nature of the synthetic melodies.

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posted: Dec 20, 2005 category: Reviews

Metropolitan:

Chicago-based New York City-originating eccentric project Atomica will trigger memories of the best record of urban downtempo, orchestral trip hop and female-fronted pop-electronica that the nineties have given us. The trio's bold and nonchalant approach to the matter evokes rapturing scenarios of fresh yet nostalgic tunes enriched by intense and passionate vocals and visionary lyricism. Portishead, Conjure One (these two above everyone else), Lamb, Bethany Curve, Taxi, Drop the Fear, Rebro and other bands of that type jump to mind immediately, but their music is so un-derivative and eclectic that I am sure you'll be thinking of loads more names that would complement that sentence quite nicely. Atomica have a lot of potential. Emotional and truth-transpiring lyrics, skilled and well-rounded song-writing, powerul and full sound...

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posted: Dec 20, 2005 category: Reviews

Metropolitan:

...Wade Alin teams up with vocalist Lauren Cheatham to deliver the best blend of modern trip-hop and vintage jazz sensibilities since the debut album by Portishead. While the Portishead comparisons are inevitable, given the scratchy loops and bass-heavy minimalism of "Bittersweet" and the fuzz-laced vocals of "Gun," it's a comparison that sells Alin and Cheatham short, for though their sound can be reminiscent of other trip-hop acts, it's not derivative. For one thing, they're less dependent on rhythm, and those tracks that emphasize the drum section sound very organic. Album opener "One Day In New York City," for example, propels its languid bass line along with clattering cymbals, while "Recent" is achingly beautiful despite a lack of percussion, with Cheatham's lonely voice slithering among soft fuzz, electric piano and the occasional bluesy guitar riff. There's also a distinct - if subdued - classical feel to this album, with warm pianos sharing the spotlight with moody strings on "Pollen" while staccato violins bounce along on the comparatively upbeat "Larsen." "Quiver" features a fuller sound, with multiple layers of both organic and electronic atmosphere riding a wave of crashing brass percussion, and highlights Cheatham's evocative lyrical style with such lines as "I've seen myself quiver with a body of toxins." If there's any complaint with this album, it's that it isn't long enough; with eleven tracks, it clocks in at under fifty minutes, but each song is so delicately heartbreaking you could listen to Atomica for three times as long and still not get enough.

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posted: Dec 13, 2005 category: posiNEWS

SCANALYZER: On The One And The Zero

Scanalyzer: On The One And The Zero is now available @ shopPOSI!

Scanalyzer is the bastard love child of Sister Machine Gun's Chris Randall and Wade Alin of Atomica and Christ Analogue. Their debut album, On The One And The Zero, is a tour-de-force of glitch-hop, noisecore, and IDM, with a generous dose of dancefloor groove thrown in to complete the mix. The tension of the album is palpable as Randall and Alin go to great lengths to out-do each other via complicated drum-noise programming and grinding synthesizers. This album is not to be missed if you're a fan of esoteric electronica.

Price: $15.00 US

DAVE'S LOUNGE / ATOMICA

Dave's Lounge is a weekly podcast that showcases the best in chillout, trip hop and downtempo music found on the Internet. Visit the link below to download 2 podcasts featuring tracks from Atomica's Metropolitan.

Atomica @ Dave's Lounge

posted: Oct 24, 2005 category: Reviews

Metropolitan:

"Real" jazz, I mean good jazz, has the ability to be simultaneously current and timeless. It provides opportunities for innovation, and serves as a soundtrack for urban life. Atomica takes that aesthetic to its modern incarnation, adding beats and instrumentation unheard of in the days of the Bop, but which still have that city rhythm.

While it would be easy (see "lazy") to write this off as "trip hop", that would be associating it with music that often had more superficiality than brains, which makes so much of that ilk sound dated now. No, this album is another breed. This is deepest emotion laid bare on the floor, with the heart as a centerpiece. With titles like "Quiver", " Bittersweet", "Sorrow", and "Worry", it's obvious that the passions displayed are being melded with a good dose of urban existential alienation...

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posted: Oct 13, 2005 category: Reviews

Metropolitan:

Atomica is one of those groups that convince me to not give up on trip-hop - passionate, melancholy, just yummy. Lauren Cheatham has a rich and lush voice, similar to Tracey Thorn. This band does so much right - the mixing is sweet and clean, and their music is even released under a Creative Commons license. From the 2005 album Metropolitan.

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posted: Sep 19, 2005 category: Reviews

Metropolitan:

...Atomica makes lovely, layered, atmospheric, dream pop. These songs are very melodic for this genre. Usually bands such as this tend to rely too much on the toys they're working with and less on actual songwriting. Not so for this band. The melodies are enchanting and haunting. But the toys make lovely sounds as well. This is a great trip-hop, dreamy pop record.

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