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26/01/2012 : NTRSN - Hardlines

NTRSN

Hardlines

MusicCD
EBMElectroIndustrial

[92/100]   

EK Product
26/01/2012, Didier PIETERS

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Rise of the machines …

Belgian delicacies “a la Napolitana” … Why not? EK Product offers us Belgium’s finest, one after another. This time we’ll review the [relatively] new NTRSN-album. Release-date: 2011, November 18.

Jungle soundzzz and a whole lot of technology, that was my first impression of “Hardlines”, looking at the inside of the Digipak and hearing the first notes of the album. You are welcomed by African rhythms [“Parascope”, intro] that are followed by slick beats and top-heavy synths ... what you HEAR is what you get: a “Red Day” with impact! “We Look” cruises into the electronic sunset, gently whispering and “Talkin Blue” picks up the pace, restlessly looking for amusement. Next up: The instrumental “Cutting”, that turns out to be impressive Electro Deluxe! On to “Move On / And No Stop”! Front 242 is IN THA HOUSE, ladies and gentlemen! Danse! Danse! DANSE!!! And no stop … Great retro stuff. Also “Hardlines” is a classy electro track, a bit more “poppy” than the other stuff, mainly because of the vocals. The best song on the album? Maybe the instrumental “Chromatic Move”? FIRE THE CANNONS! Finishing touches are remixes by Autodafeh [“Electric Love”] and Parade Ground [“Electricluv”].

I’m a bit excited about “Hardlines”? You bet your ass! It’s an album packed with brilliant songs. No need to write anything else. Buy or DIE! Thank you Pieter Ntrsn, Paul Mommens and Bd.

Structural finesse…check, [raw] power…check, superb melodies…check, awesome vocals…check, sheer mass/volume…check [15 songs, shaken, not stirred], all present and resulting in music of superior quality!

The real stars on this CD? 31 [!] Machines! Vermona Mars / Oberheim matrix 6 / Marion Systems / Akai VX 600 / Ensoniq VFX / Roland jx8p / Yamaha DX9 / Korg Trident mk 1 / Moog Rogue / Sherman FilterBank 2 / LinnDrum Im2 / MFB schlagzwerg / …, polished, oiled, tuned and brilliantly used!

NTRSN [intrusion]: respect! An intrusive job well done!

Belgium rules the e-waves!

Didier PIETERS
26/01/2012


NL

… Niet voor softies!

Jungle soundzzz en een hoop technologie, mijn allereerste indrukken van deze "Hardlines" … Afrikaanse ritmes fladderen je introgewijs tegemoet, gevolgd door droge beats en topzware synthesizers (Red Day). What you HEAR is what you get: een rooie dag met impact! “We Look” kijkt rustig fluisterend verder, beat na beat, cruisend door een zonnig elektronisch landschap. “Talking Blue” baant zich zenuwachtig een weg door de massa, smachtend naar FUN en “Cutting” start als een dreigend onweer en gaat naadloos over in een hoog-dansbaar instrumentaal gevalletje … Electro Deluxe! “Move On / And No Stop”? Front 242 is IN THA HOUSE, ladies and gentlemen! Danse! Danse! DANSE!!! … AND NO STOP! Blieps spatten vrolijk in het rond, Great retro stuff!

Ik lijk een beetje enthousiast? You bet your ass! Dit is een topper met stuk voor stuk briljante nummers! Verder gaan hoeft niet meer! Dit is een geweldige CD en U moest al in de winkel staan! En … ik kan het niet laten … ook “Hardlines” is een fantastische brok electro, ietwat “poppy” deze keer, vooral omwille van de zang. De CD sluit waardig af met remixes van Autodafeh [“Electric Love”] en het roemruchte Parade Ground [“Electricluv”].

Structuur, melodie, vocalen, kracht, opbouw, productie, hoeveelheid [15 songs, shaken, not stirred], alles zit goed en leidt tot doorleefde KWALITEIT. De echte sterrren op deze CD? 31 MACHINES! Vermona Mars / Oberheim matrix 6 / Marion Systems / Akai VX 600 / Ensoniq VFX / Roland jx8p / Yamaha DX9 / Korg Trident mk 1 / Moog Rogue / Sherman FilterBank 2 / LinnDrum Im2 / MFB schlagzwerg / … Ze tekenen allemaal present, ingevet, gesmeerd, opgeblonken en vakkundig gebruikt … NTRSN: respect!

Belgisch lekkers op Napolitaanse wijze [EK Products]? Waarom ook niet? Na Liquid G. en Gin Devo nu dus het fantastische combo NTRSN, nu bestaande uit Pieter Ntrsn en Paul Mommens.

Didier PIETERS
26/01/2012


 

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