Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: definingTECH
Format: CD
Label: Orbisonic (Manifesto) (@)
Distributor: Green Galactic
Coming the stores June 11th is LA Manifesto records' sub-label Orbisonic's first release "definingTECH", a various artists comp whose primary goal seems to be to set a standard for the nu-new wave, or rather sort of an ultimate record about how older 80es electro has merged with new wave, which obviously isn't being used as a term the same way you're all used to back in the days. Let's put it like this: "definingTECH" is all about the new movement (wave) of dancy old fashioned electro-pop. It's the Kraftwerk playing with a Groovebox. The 80es' all-innovation-and-electronica attitude couples with today's desire to shake the boodie and just have a good time. The sampler has been put together by the authoritative and knowledgeable figure of Summer Forest (collaboration with Annie Leibovitz, writer for a magazine and of a book about the rave scene as well as director of a New Orleans electronic music scene report documentary film) and presents fourteen international male and female sound crafters, manipulators, Djs, bands: FisherSpooner, Memory Boy, Japanese Telecom, Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Shapeshiftr & the Sentinel, Dexter, Innate, Peaches, Bis, Adult, Bug Orchestra, Mr Velcro Fastener, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Felix da Housecat. The final result is a pretty heterogeneous album that keeps a common denominator in the synthetic computer driven patterns, the drum machine beats, the techno fashion with sneak-peaks at more commercial stuff as well as at more experimental things or just plain different approaches you might wanna check out yourself. It's a good starting point if you are new to the genre, and an cool album to have if you are into it already, but don't ever take anything for definitive, just keep exploring for even more cool stuff out there! Go with the flow!


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