Magazine (Belgium)- Tristraum Shiver MCD
After a first single "Brilliant" which
was released on Intrapop, we now get “Shiver”
(with vocalist Krystyna Eller), an EP holding
10 remixes of the title track plus two other tracks.
Modern electronica meets 80s synthpop, that’s
exactly what Tristraum is about. At first I had
the impression listening to a reunited Communards,
because Krystyna’s voice has quite a distinctive
vocal colour, but more obviously because it’s
close to that of Sommerville’s . While the
original version is already very appealing, the
remixes give it even more flavour resulting in
one of the most exciting CD singles I have heard
for quite some time. The remixers have obviously
been chosen to offer a very diverse collection
of approaches resulting in a whole that doesn’t
bore you for one single second. The remix by Assemblage
23 for instance is a guaranteed floor-filler,
but the best is yet to come with Echo Image who
from their part offer a mix that could well have
been one by Chicane or Seize, both known for bringing
some really uplifting beats and layers into a
song. The result from Echo Image is nothing less
but pure delicious europopdance that would do
well on club-playlists if it manages getting on
there. The same goes for Infam who offers a mix
that holds enough club hooks to catch a mainstream
public. Hard beats are delivered by Amun-Ra, in
fact their approach reminds me of those good old
dance fests at Café D’Anvers before
it got infested by crap… again material
that will do well in clubs. Empire State Human
offer in good tradition a more electropop version
that has shown me once again what they are capable
of, a band whose remix work is improving each
time. The Equatronic mix could not convince me
that much for being a bit too electropoplike to
my taste, this track deserves a more dance orientated
approach which is clearly present again in the
Lime n’ Dale remix that closes the remix
chapter. On the version we got there were no extra
tracks, so I have no idea how they sound like,
but if they are anything remote to what I heard
on this MCD than it’s a must have for sure!
Recommended for sure, if not satisfied, I’ll
personally refund you! Contact www.tristraum.com
for more info.
Magazine - New Tristraum Single Out
storming new Tristraum 10-track CD single is out
now. The MCD is available from A Different Drum
and Metropolis (USA) and Intrapop (Germany/Europe).
"Shiver" contains three songs ("Shiver,"
"Brilliant" and "I'm Under No One")
and nine remixes by Assemblage 23, Empire State
Human, SaxxonPike, Echo Image, Equatronic, Amun-ra,
Infam and others. "Shiver" features
strong female vocals (sometimes reminiscent of
Annie Lenox) and rich electronic textures that are
perfect for the dance floor. "Shiver"
comes after a string of remixes from Tristraum
for acts such as T.O.Y., Fiction 8, Underworld,
Echo Image, Assemblage 23, Color Theory and Project
X. They have scored TV tracks for Apple Computer,
Coors Brewing Company and AT&T. Perfect single,
Hazard - Color Theory (USA)
set the bar high with this compelling first release,
scoring remixes from giants such as Assemblage
23 and Echo Image. My personal favorites are the
original version of "Shiver", and the
Echo Image and Empire State Human remixes. Yes,
there are a lot of remixes here, but they are
quite diverse in style. The addition of two b-sides
makes the maxi-single not only a tempting buy,
but a bargain. Definitely worth picking up!
Van Isacker - Side-Line - A band to follow + one
to avoid :)
Trisraum (www.tristraum.com) a US act that is
about to see their "Shiver" single released,
well, if I have to play at a party again, i'm
pretty sure I'll pick one or two or three or four
or even five of the 10 mixes on there to spin.
It's really a marvelous release with amongst other
a damn good one by Echo Image, to purchase for
sure. It's out on Intrapop, dunno who distributes
it but check their website to find out. Good stuff,
also Tom Shear did a remix which is quite good
to use in electroclubs, but I prefer the dance
versions... what a relief after having killed
my ears on listening to that crap from Janus,
HORRIBLE, I still don't get what people see in
such a band...
Pustianaz - Chain DLK Magazine (Italy)
is a band formed by two guys (Randall Erkelens
and Pierre Norman) deeply involved into the nightclub
scene and really active into the remixing activity
and by Krystina Eller on vocals. The CD I received
is their first effort and present three original
tracks ("Shiver", the instrumental "Brilliant"
and the melancholic "I'm Under No One")
plus nine remixes of the main track. The sound
of the band find its roots into the alternative
/ synthpop / industrial music. The tracks are
danceable, bleepy with dreamy almost whispered
female vocal parts (the ones I don't appreciate
as they tend to make the songs sound all the same).
The remixes reflect the characteristics of the
remixers and for this reason we can find e.b.m.
versions of the track thanks to Assemblage 23
and Lime'n Dale, modern synthpop versions remixed
by Echo Image, Empire State Human and Equatronic,
almost tehcno tunes produced by Infam, Invisible
Asps, Saxxonpike. I think this release could be
appreciated by remixers addicted who also love
female goth vocals and industrial pop tunes.
- Wetworks Magazine
is the new single from Tristraum, a new project
on the Intrapop label. The band consist of members
Randall Erkelens, Pierre Norman and Krystyna Eller.
Tristraum's roots began in remixing. Beginning
with the San Francisco-based Twitch Remix Service
in the early 90s, through the past two years,
the duo's production resume has included remixes
for names like Future Sound Of London, The Prodigy,
The Orb, Front 242, Meat Beat Manifesto and more.
Musically, "Shiver," is your run-of-the-mill
Synthpop single. Atmospheric synthwaves dance
around with tight thumping beats and soft female
vocals. The single is quite loaded, too. "Shiver"
contains 12 tracks in all with remixes from Assemblage
23, Echo Image, Empire State Human, Equatronic
and Infam just to name a few. To be honest, the
remixes of "Shiver" didn't do too much
for me, but there are some highlights. Echo Image
do a nice job of giving the track a Trance makeover
while adding a nice vocoder effect. Infam's "Infamous
Electro Dub" mix is fantastic, giving a sort
of, bouncy, house flavor to the track.
"Shiver" is perfect for any dancefloor,
but grows a bit tiresome if listened to at home.
I'm interested to see what this project does with
a full-length album.
Baker - Synthpop.Net (USA)
is the 2004 single for Tristraum "Shiver".
This is the bands's debut release, on Intrapop
Records, but the band's roots come from the Twitch
remix service. The most prominent remix of which,
to me, was the Ultraviolet remixes of Anything
Box's "Where Is Love And Happiness?".
This single finds the band in a very dance-friendly
style, and with 10 different mixes of the song,
you're sure to find a version you enjoy. There's
the stomping, pounding futurepop-esque of Assemblage23's
remix, Empire State Human, Equatronic and Echo
Image all turn in impressively synthpoppy versions
of the song, and Infam give a Drum & Bass
feel to their remix. The Invisible Asps remix
is a bit hard to describe.. It's almost like a
chill-out version of the song. The Amun-Ra remix
is very, very clubby, as is the Darkscape remix,
but that mix gives a more trance/darkwave feel
to the track. The Lime 'N Dale remix, however,
is pure trance. Also included in the single is
a b-side, "I'm Under No One", and a
cover, "Brilliant", which is a cover
of a Boytronic track.
The vocalist here is quite interesting. While
she's one of the growing number of female vocalists
in Electronic pop music, she has a much more...
husky... voice than most of the other female vocalists
in this scene. Sorry, but that was the best word
I could come up with to describe it. Anyway, all
the elements and varying styles that come into
play over the course of this mega-single make
it very very difficult to find a version of the
song that won't appeal to someone. This is a single
that you're sure to find something to love about..
plenty of variety. Recommended!
Larsson - Moving Hands Music Magazine (Sweden)
is the debut EP from San Francisco based artists
of Tristraum. If you're a fan of remixes then
you're gonna love this one! On it you'll find
no more than nine (!) remixes of title song "Shiver".
Some are good and some aren't and the best ones
are the ones from Assemblage 23 and Echo Image.
These artists make the music more alive because
Tristraum's own version doesn't sound anything
like the remixes, but that's also a something
that's good. Tristraum on the other hand is very
good at remixing other artists and they've got
a nice selection of mixes for T.O.Y., Project-X
and Anything Box to mention a few. I'm a little
bit curious on the full album because I know their
potential that they've got. I don't think this
debut shows what they can do. The remixes from
Assemblage 23 and Echo Image are amazing and just
because of these two I strongly recommend this
J. Knight - Comatose Rose Music Magazine (Canada)
fronted lectro-pop: Mixing harder-end synthpop,
darwave and trance, this trio presents "Shiver,"
a maxi-signal release on Intrapop, and sold on
A Different Drum. Basically what this twelve-track
release offers is ten mixes of the title track
and two bonus tracks. A couple notable remixes
include the "Polar Remix" by Assemblage
23 and the "Whisper Remix" by Echo Image.
Other than the obvious redundancy that comes with
most singles and EP's, this is a solid release.
The vocals could use a little tweaking, but that
will come with time. I eagerly wait to see what
they show us next.