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THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR: XRV

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Artist: THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR (@)
Title: XRV
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: A Different Drum (@)
Rated: *****
After self releasing two full lenght albums, The Dignity Of Labour successfully found a proper contract by signing to A Different Drum and releasing this eight track E.P. The new MCD gathers two new tracks "Xrv" and "Oxygen" (no, it isn't a Jean Michel Jarre cover), coming from the next homonymous release. The four remixes of the first track are made by Nevarakka, Eric Lymon, the band itself and Scott MacLean. The other track is "Vinyl Bliss" and you can find two covers of it: one remixed by the band and the other by Color Theory (Brian Hazard took care also of the additional mixing and to the mastering). This has been the first time I was listening to Kirk Taylor's Dignity Of Labour and since the first time I liked the tracks and the style and I was quite surprised that any comparison band's name wasn't popping out in my mind: there aren't evident signs of Depeche Mode or Yazoo even if '80s electro pop and new wave are clearly an influence. Maybe the fact that Kirk started to play this genre in the '80s, first with a proper band called Prophet and then as The Dignity Of Labour, is the answer and since then Kirk developed his own style. From what I listened on this MCD, I think that the next album will be a surprise, so write yourself a note and don't miss it...

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