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Robert Ullysses, David Stone

Vanexa (Tape)

Label: Heimat Der Katastrophe

Format: Tape

Genre: Library/Soundtracks

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Vanexa fights in the 99th year of the Holistic Era in the League of Chrononauts, who protect the good future from the bad one. Vanexa has the power to steal people's shadows, and tonight she wants to steal the shadow of Xiao Xiao, the illegitimate son of the Supreme Manager of the Asian Totalitarian Exchange visiting Moscow-5: she wants to ask for a millionaire ransom and thus finance the hacker-guerilla of the Digital Liberation Front.

However, a sniper kills Xiao Xiao before she can carry out her plan. The sniper is in agreement with the Chinese Secret Services: he fired a bullet containing the recipe for a cyber-poison which, if ingested by the broker-robots of the Free World Exchange, will corrupt their algorithms. The conspirators, by repatriating the young man's body, without arousing suspicion, will be able to bring to China the recipe for the poison with which they will blow up the Free World Exchange. The alarm has sounded at the headquarters of the League of Chrononauts!

Vanexa receives the instructions via SMS on her Motorola StarTac: it is up to her to retrieve the body of Xiao Xiao before it is expatriated and obtain the recipe for the poison. It's a race against time that will lead Vanexa into the old contaminated subway of Moscow-1, in the holographic red light district of Novosibirsk, among the mysteries of the suspended tent city of Ulan-Bator and finally to sneak into the techno-temple of the Shaolin Mafia in Beijing, for a thrilling final confrontation with the poltergeist of a famous patriarch of Ancient Communism, summoned by the evil Shaolin wizards.

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Ullysses & Stone, the authors of HDK weirdest albums called "Confessions of a Satan priestess" and "The Renegades of the Year Gamma", are back with a kaleidoscopic album, a blender of sonic oddities, the schizophrenic soundtrack of a world upside down and messed up. "Vanexa" is a record poised between completely different genres, atmospheres and eras: a sound-crossroads where kraut-rock, minimal-techno, 70s b-movie soundtracks, proto-prog and retrowave crash into each other.

The musical melting pot offered by "Vanexa" is powerful and destabilizing: in a surreal overlap of esthetics and moods, "Vanexa" transports us to a parallel reality in which the conceptual and historical coordinates that we know no longer exist.

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Cat. number: HDK 85
Year: 2021

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