December 1, 2006

Mysterymen - Infrared

Gary Numan is hard to pull off. The Mysterymen are trying, really they are—and this is both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, this could pass as vintage Numan, caning the wonderful melodies and fat, fuzzy synth chords that made his early work so fantastic. On the other end, The Mysterymen have taken the riffs and run with them over dance music distances, which leaves time enough for DJs to redeem a drink card or make it to the facilities and back before the next mix, but leaves us poor home listeners hanging for more of those wonderful melodies, more of Numan’s interesting lyrics and more pop structure. If only they’d taken a bigger hunk of Gary, or less. Either that, or it’s a well-executed rationalisation of a classic sound.

Lektroluv / LL2
[Peter Chambers]

March 24, 2006

Bangkok Impact / Savas Pascalidis - 111 / Boccaccio Life


As the old saying goes, you wait a year for a new Bangkok Impact track and all of a sudden here come two. OK, maybe only this and the Robotnick remix but I’m thankful all the same. Like most of his tracks, “111″ takes a minute to build, then flogs the Hell out of the dancefloor with a combo of boot-shaking disco junkyard percussion and fast, bass-heavy electro beats. Savas Pascalidis plays to form on a typically cold Teutonic number that pleases but fails to satisfy, sounding like an excerpt from his genre-constrained last album.

Lektro Luv / 001
[Mallory O’Donnell]