Monday 15 April 2013

Shame & Fame

I'm back! after a complete re-casing of my trusty PC (and a little upgrade why not?) we are officially back in action. Just in time for the end of spring break which is a bit of a bummer. But enough of that, I'm on a seedy electoclash kick again like it's 2003 and I'm a moody tech head in Berlin. Tracks and more after this delightfully crass artwork from the re-issue of Mount Sims' Ultrasex

Right, into the meat (no pun intended) of this release. Mount Sims is Matt Sims, and this is his debut LP before re-forming with a band as Mt. Sims in 2005. It's a sleazy electro-tech record that is very much a product of its time. But it is another fine example to the collection, far removed from the self lamenting bubblegum pop stylings of Golden Boy & Miss Kittin's Or, this record pulls no punches much like Frank Sinatra before it. But first, an instrumental.

It's not long before we're treated to another fame bashing number that's expected of the scene by this point. Ultrasex is a nice meeting point of all the styles I've outlined so far, we have the Los Angeles longing much like Felix Da Housecat, the wistful musings in the vein of Golden Boy, the monotone culture critique of Miss Kittin & The Hacker and of course the all out filth like Peaches (which this album has in spades, especially on Hate Fuck).

I also found this gem on my travels from our favourite distributor of electronic smut International DeeJay Gigolo Records. This is actually an alias of detroit man Gerald Donald of Arpanet and Dopplereffekt fame. The name is really befitting of the tunes, a lot of them do sound like kitschy Japanese advertising jingles, however much like in his Arpanet work, he really has a way with sounds that I really dig. Check it out if you're looking for a obscue-ish detroit electro style record.

This starts very nicely, then about halfway through it turns from this laid back electro stlye jaunt to some rumbly techno goodness. The transition is smooth all things considered, and I dig both sides of the track though I have to say I do like the first half a little bit more than the second, cheesy as it may be.

And finally, bringing us back around to familiar tech territory, Miss Kittin & The Hacker's cover of Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams from their early Intimités EP. Hacker's production breathes a new vibe into the tune, and Kittin's delivery is spot on, they cover tunes like this a lot when they play live and its a shame most don't see a proper release. Enjoy regardless.

Good Service,
-Claude Van Foxbat

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