V/A Section 44 Sampler
By Marcus Pan
A taste of Nilaihah style label Section 44 here, with
numerous tracks from numerous bands. Theres a ton of music here
eighteen tracks all from different bands. Some youve heard of in Legends
already Provision. Ok
one youve heard of in Legends already,
sorry, I got ahead of myself a tad. Anyway, since we have a lot of music to
cover lets get on with it.
Code 64 Leaving Earth
to start out with, Leaving Earth off of Code 64s Departure
album is well made if a little stock. A lot of complication however, lots of
rhythms berating eachother, caressing eachother and otherwise battling it out
for your noticing. Fast moving for those with short attention spans. Ends as
suddenly as it began.
Tristraum Eyes Wide Open
slows the pace down to a comfortable synth-pop groove. I really dig this one,
it moves me. Catchy, smooth a nice selection of keyboard work combined
with beautiful female vocal harmonies. Off of Tristraums Grey
Intuition Beside You
happy, like a candy coated mushroom trip somehow. That every time you
cry, Im right beside you. Somehow, this song creeps me out, because
I keep thinking to myself somehow that the crying is because this somehow
creepy too-happy person is causing it. Its just so happy sounding
its pure evil.
Rhythmic Symphony Beauty in Dissonance
Very unlike the previous Beside You, Rhythmic Symphonys
Beauty in Dissonance uses pervasive keyboard movements to slide under
the radar. This comes to us from The Mechanism Fulfilled and is quite a
good track with almost subliminal synth movements that will sneak in under the
skin of your mind.
Junk Circuit Heart of Stone
outset, Heart of Stone from Junk Circuits Universal
Republic struck me as nothing special after the first four well done
trancey-synth tracks. But Junk Circuit began a heavy handed percussive rhythm
that I really enjoy. Its that percussion that makes this song shine.
Space March Time Will Make a Fool Out of Me
Trippy with an Esion flavor, Time Will Make a Fool Out of
Me has shut down but over the top metallic-spacey vocals during some parts.
On the Pac Man World game on Playstation there is a space level that this song
reminds me of very much. It comes off of Space Marchs Without This You
Can Never Change album.
Monica Schroeder Without You (Nevarakka Mix)
As pretty as Monica sounds, Without You is a bit
unmemorable, blending into this sampler well enough to be barely noticeable.
Very trancey, with techno like movements combated against bright bell-like
tones. Without You (Nevarakka Mix) is from Monica Schroeders
Move Me release. Takes way too long to finish pounding out an
Eight to Infinity Say Youll Come
Say Youll Come greets us with stock percussion and slides in
some stock basslines. Divaesque female vocals swirl about. Chorus parts add in
a funky bit of synthwork to rally the song, but Im feeling a little bit
tranced out by the others by this time hungering for something with more
meat and less same-old trippy trappy hoppiness. The sneaky guitar (synth?)
melodies later on take my by surprise though, revitalizing the songs
BOOM goes the
opening crash of Desire as it tries to surprise its way in. Slide-up
melodies build the track to a crescendo, but an otherwise nice beginning is
dragged down by more stock percussive rhythms. Lots of chickys singing on
this here sampler, its a plethora of sultriness. Check out
Neverakkas Soft album for more.
Provision Someone Like You
these people! From their Consequence release, Provisions
Someone Like You brings the d00ds back. Unfortunately, its a bit
stock and compared to some of the earlier tracks on this compilation it
Virtual Server I Will Fly
Servers I Will Fly starts low and moody with a deep percussion
borne mostly by bass. Swirly keyboard and synthwork add definition. The male
vocals are a bit boring, not really striving for that quality that would have
made I Will Fly more than just another electro track.
Alphabet Girls The Girl With the X-Ray
Robotic, funky, laced with barbed wire and other various
metals, the techno-trippy Girl With the X-Ray Eyes is the most fun here
on the sampler. Catchy with interesting lyrics and refreshing slicing
synthwork, Alphabet Girls deliver this off of their Beatnik Europa
which if I hope hard enough might actually come in the mail to me
some day. That would be quite nice.
Eloquent Colourful Rumour
Colourful Rumour has a brilliantly catchy techno keyboard melody
that makes you want to get up and dance. Eloquent does a fine job of making
themselves noticed on an EBM sampler with a catchy, X-Static Urge like
melody like this.
Pristina World Without End
takes us off planet now with some floaty tranceyness. Other than that placing
them a bit more noticeable here on the Section 44 sampler, it doesnt
really drive me too much. Kind of gets lost in itself, wandering around,
doesnt take me anywhere special.
Color Theory Behind the Rhine
Unspecial, sighing chicky kind of annoys me more than interests me. The
songs make-up can easily make it compatible and forgettable
amongst your typical EBM synth-pop fare.
Rename Ex L (Edit)
EBM track that really doesnt go anywhere. I cant pan it really,
its not bad, but it doesnt do anything special that I havent
heard before either. This one comes off of Renames Energize album.
Synthetik FM Technology
interesting Atari 2600 opening, a rumbling bassline opens up well and moves the
track swiftly along. Has a video game appeal to it. A nice movement following
the prior two hum-drums. Technology comes off of Synthetik FMs
Capsize Dissatisfaction Guaranteed
Nice alto female vocal harmonies bring this sampler to a close. One of the
more darker brooding songs on the album, a nice crescendo of a chorus after a
low-down deep ride through the subconscious.
And thats it for Section 44s sampler
everything here is pretty good. Some of it is great.
 Esions a favorite of mine, see the
review of the En Route release in Legends
 Reviewed in Legends #161.
 XSUs Annais and
X-Static Urge were reviewed in Legends