Background/Info: “Blackbodies” has been released as two different digital releases. Next to the “Pulsation”-edit featuring two cuts, “Variation” brings extended versions of both songs plus one extra song. 808 Dot Pop is the solo-project of Sven Lauwers aka ‘Passenger S’ from Metroland and in a previous life Ionic Vision.
Content: We first get extended versions from the title track and “Cie 1960”. Both songs are more elaborate. You’ll notice the dry bass lines running through “Blackbodies” and the sensual vocals by Noemi from Helalyn Flowers. “Cie 1960” sounds more ‘synthetic’, but still old-school driven and a bit harder than the title song. This EP also features an extra song, which is another instrumental cut with a happy-feeling.
+ + + : I personally prefer this EP for its extended versions of “Blackbodies” and “Cie 1960”. It’s also quite surprising to hear Noemi singing on such a ‘poppy’ project, but her sensual and somewhat sterile vocal’s production is perfectly fitting with the music of operator Passenger S. “Cie 1960” remains my favorite song although it’s less ‘clubby’.
– – – : I’ve a similar comment as for the “Pulsation”-edit; this is nothing really new! It sounds a bit more poppy and sweeter than Metroland, but you clearly hear similitude.
Conclusion: I’m really wondering how the debut full length of this project will sound-like. It will clearly appeal for the Metroland fan base.
Best songs: “Cie 1960 – Expanded Color Space”, “Blackbodies – Variation”.