Thursday, 26 May 2011

Halo Effect: the Early Years

As a fan of pretty much all music that is electronic and a bit beyond the main stream of the public world, and a fan of databasing, it was fun to look out for official downloads of the earliest releases from Italian synth-pop band Halo Effect.

Founded in 2001 by the Italians John Andrew Peverieri, Alessandro Polinori and Federico Rosi, joined in 2003 by Marco Cattani, they have made their way from self-released demos and eEPs, to their first two albums released through online download stores and renowned netlabels to the point where finally their next album will be released later this year (as it appears) to hardcopy (that's a CD for you).

But where to find the first releases from the earlier years? Two demos, a live release and an EP. On MySpace, they say. But finding those links is a bitch, as they are hidden within the blog, dating back to July 16th, 2008. And their blog has seen much more activity than mine ever has.

So, here is the blog entry: OLD DEMO: free download!!!

And since MySpace blocks the links to the downloads, here are the four official and thus perfectly legal download links:
Past Continuous
Days of Silence
Rome Effect
Schwarz EP

Halo Effect MySpace
Halo Effect Rate Your Music
Halo Effect Discogs
Halo Effect MusicBrainz

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Dom i Nacija // Umilenie

Today's entry is a simply promotion for an Argentinian artist called Umilenie. A modern instrumental electropop project of Luciano Quiroga aka DJ Null who also operates the releasing netlabel NullRepublik Records, the first album collects tracks from several years before it was released May 2009.

The title is a continuing play of words that takes the Macedonian/Serbian homonymic play on доминациjа and дом и нациjа that translate as domination and home and nation (or dominacion and hogar y nacion in Castillian Spanish). It's a Romanized transliteration of Home and Nation...

You may download this album from the Internet Archive.

Umilenie Official Website
NullRepublik Records Argentina (netlabel)

Friday, 20 May 2011

Dead Market // Haujobb

And while we're at it, within an hour a second post.

While I was surfing on Facebook I found a comment by VNV Nation on Haujobb.

Upon reading it and following the links I came about the great news that Haujobb has finally went back to the studio (well, under the moniker Haujobb anyways) and will release on June 17th the ep Dead Market (via BandCamp).

Go get it, Tigers!

Haujobb Official Website
bandcamp : Haujobb

Red Flag: Communism // Проект: Распатор

Well, it has been more than a year since my last entry and you wouldn't have been the only one to think it was dead (yes, I meant you, my non-existant reader) but here we are, back...

While it isn't exactly the main reason for this comeback, my discovery that I want to share with you is as good as many subjects to write about. Some may seem more important in the scheme of things but we need circuses as much as we need bread.

For quite some time now I have discovered the delights of... no, not the Mirror of Erised... no, of legal music downloads. What are the Creative Commons for, eh?

At the moment Jamendo and the Internet Archive are my primary addresses. And now I'v come upon a Jamendo release that I've finally uploaded to the Internet Archive.

Проект: Распатор (aka The Project: Raspatory, or simply Raspatory) is a Russian techno-industrial project created in late 2008 by Andrej Tereshhenko. After a months-long break Andrej started writing again and in January 2010 released his album Red Flag: Communism on Jamendo.

Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, this album has since been removed from Jamendo, so I've decided to upload the album to the Internet Archive as it was released under a Creative Commons license.

You can download all MP3 files from the Internet Archive for your listening pleasure.