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Artist: SPHERE LAZZA (@)
Title: ULTIMATE ABYSS
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: AcidVictim Records (@)
Rated: *****
Sphere Lazza, I remember that name from the early 90’s techno-industrial music scene. I can’t remember what they sounded like then, but listening to "Ultimate Abyss" kind of brings it all back home. Fast (150 bpm fast!), energetic techno-industrial with great dancefloor potential, spoken word samples, effective programming and on-target vocals. Pared down now to the duo of David Trousdale (vocals) and Tony Spaz (programming) these guys may just have the goods to revive the flagging techno-dance genre. "Ultimate Abyss" is a one-hook pop song that makes its point with laser-like precision. You get three mixes on this maxi-single and they’re all good enough to not want to hit the skip button. (I’ve kind of become jaded and skeptical about ANY CD singles that offer weird, screwed-up remixes of songs that were better left as the original versions. Seldom are they innovative or listenable enough to warrant spending your hard-earned $$ on rehashes of three, six or nine versions of the same track. Maybe Djs find them useful, but for the most part, they’re a waste.) The good thing about this maxi-single (which is really more of an EP in my estimation) is that you get FOUR more songs that don’t sound like carbon copies of the title track. For one, they’re a good deal less frenetic, ranging from 118 to 140 bpm, but no less well executed. You get an even better sense of just how good Trousdale’s vocals are for the material, and how good the material is when compared with a lot of drek you find out there these days. For some reason, these guys remind me of a more electronic Chemlab, not a bad thing at all. They have plenty of pop sensibility but manage to keep away from the shallow depths of mainstream murk. Track #6, "Distance" has a retro-80’s vibe that recalls bands like the Psychedelic Furs and OMD while still maintaining a future-pop orientation. All in all, this CD gets a big "thumbs up", definitely worthy of purchase, and should be on club Djs "must play" (at least now and then) roster. Welcome back, Sphere Lazza!



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