Lederman / De Meyer – A Tribe Of My Own (Digital EP – Alfa Matrix)
Genre/Influences: EBM, body-pop.
Background/Info: This project is the surprising meeting between two Belgian electronic pioneers and ‘Godfathers’ of EBM. Jean-Marc Lederman (The Weathermen, Ghost & Writer, Polyphonic size ao) and singer Jean-Luc De Meyer (Front 242, Under Viewer, 32 Crash, Cobalt 60, Modern Cubism ao) joined hands for a new sonic experience. This is the debut EP from the duo.
Content: First of all don’t expect to discover a sonic hybrid between The Weathermen and Front 242. You for sure will directly recognize Jean-Luc Demeyer’s unique timbre of voice and some typical Jean-Marc Lederman arrangements, but the sound became a new challenge instead of a ‘cheap’ EBM format.
The title song mixes elements of EBM and electro-pop. It’s a rather ‘soft’ song carried by a noticeable melodic aspect. The 4 songs left are remixes made by other formations. Next to a hard remix of the title song by Sebastian Komor you’ll discover remixes of “Back To nature” (a cover of the legendary Fad Gadget song) by Edge Of Dawn and Coldkill plus a remix of another song by Rob Dust.
+ + + : This is a fascinating project for seeing 2 electronic veterans joining hands for a new sonic challenge. It simply reveals their love and passion for music while holding on the EBM roots. Even if both versions of “Back To Nature” are remixes, I think it’s an interesting cover version. The title song has some potential, but I think Lederman / De Meyer can do better and that’s what I expect from their debut album. Last, but not least Jean-Luc De Meyer once again reveals to be a talented singer, as well as with writing intelligent lyrics. The remixes by Sebastian Komor and Coldkill both are terrific songs.
– – – : The title song is missing a truly apotheosis, which has been reached on Seb Komor’s version. But my single regret is that this EP only features one original song by Lederman / De Meyer as all other tracks are remixes.
Conclusion: I can’t say that I was totally convinced by the single, original song featured on this EP, but I’m really wondering what the album of this legendary duo will sound-like.
Best songs: “A Tribe Of My Own – Sebastian Komor Remix”, “Back To Nature – Coldkill Remix”.