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Diamond Version – Ci [Mute Records STUMMDV1] (2014)

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The June 2 will be released the first album of the duo formed by Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai) and Byetone (Olaf Bender), popularly known as Diamond Version. “Ci ” is the title of full length which will be released under license from the prestigious label Mute Records is a glorious culmination of his 5 previous Eps.

After passing through festivals like Sonar or part of the headline of London’s Village Underground and be the opening act in one of the performances of Depeche Mode on their last tour, Diamond Version are currently presenting “Ci” in live audio-visual format in differents European cities including Barcelona, ??where we could enjoy the last April in space DNIT of CaixaForum.

In “Ci” the German duo has had the collaboration of several artists, such as participation in the vocal section artist Leslie Winer on “The Blank Action” theme that serves to open the album in the form of fat drums redoubled industrial nature.

“Access To Excellence” is pure electro mechanical industry and so characteristic in the productions of Raster Noton , endowed by these strobing rhythm so characteristic of the German duo.

Formula 1 engines seem to be the soundtrack that envelops “Turn On Tomorrow” and “Feel The Freedom” a collaboration with Japanese producer of Kyoka on the vocal section, gives an almost satanic much air tangle of metallic sounds.

Contagious robotic “Raising The Bar” rhythms lead us to the first single from the album ” You Were There” where we found a totally different Neil Tennant we know in Pet Shop Boys, because sound recordings featuring Diamond Version, so different that’s light years from the particular pop of Pet Shop Boys.

In “Operate At Your Optimum” comes into play Optronla, a fluorescent tube sound source as amended by the Japanese artist Atsuhiro Ito, lysergic distortion spitting on a proto-techno based with dark overtones.

“Science For A Better Life” is the album freaky track, pure science fiction for advanced sound minds and “Connecting People” a clear homage to the world of mobile telephony in key industrial sound.

Finally, close the lp “Make.Believe” six minutes of constructivist and minimal where the only hint of melody electronic music is appreciated.

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