Implant – Oxynoxe (Digital EP – Alfa Matrix)
Background/Info: Implant doesn’t need a further introduction. After their visionary latest album “Oxynoxe-X” revealing the Belgian formation experimenting with analogue gear (especially on the limited album) they strike back with a song taken from the regular full length.
Content: “Oxynoxe” wasn’t my favorite cut from the album although it’s a creative piece of electronic minimalism. Implant in a way has reinvented their sound resulting in a more minimal/experimental approach. It also is a sound inspired by vintage electronics and the fans of Jean Michel Jarre will be pleased to hear a creative, but contemporary artist following the footsteps of their hero. Next to the title song, there also is “Oxynoxe-R”, which is a little bit more pop-driven and still very danceable.
Remixes have been made by Metroland, Karl Hefner & Hugh Lagerfeld, Super Dragon Punch!!, XMH and Chemical Sweet Kid.
+ + + : What I always have liked with Implant is the particular care for sound creation and the global creative approach of Len Lemaire. But on his latest album he simply excels in this never ending quest to create unique sound treatments. I think a band like Implant simply had to experience one day with analogue synthesizers and this work simply reveals the sound architect hiding in this musician. Implant has built a sonic bridge between vintage electronics with a wink to JM Jarre and contemporary electronics. I also have to mention the very inspiring remix of Metroland while the remix by Karl Hefner & Hugh Lagerfeld reveals the minimalistic and visionary approach of this duo.
– – – : There’s a noticeable diversity between the remixes, but I’m not convinced by the kind of hard-core experiment by Chemical Sweet Kid.
Conclusion: Implant confirms the strong potential of the latest album and I can only hope the band will now go experimenting with good-old retro equipment.
Best songs: “Oxynoxe-R”, “Oxynoxe”, “Oxynoxe – Metroland Oxynium’s Remix”.