Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop, Wave-Pop, EBM.
Format: Digital, CD, Cassette.
Background/Info: Beatbox Machinery is the project of Greek composer Toxic Razor -also known from Paradox Obscur and owner of Werkstatt Recordings.
Content: Ten songs mixing different Electro influences, but the main source of inspiration clearly moves back to the 80s. The multiple effects and drum patterns this album has been composed are reminding me of the old-school Electro. A few songs feature collaborations with Embryonik, Fixions, Denovomutans and last, but not least Kriistal Ann.
+ + + : The retro-style and approach of Beatbox Machinery has been empowered by the use of analogue sound treatments. It creates this little part of magic. I especially recommend listening to the final part of the album, revealing more elaborated and harder EBM passages. “Omicron Metallogirls” and especially “Cyber Techno Programmer” (for its great bass line) are cool pieces. I also have to mention “Cities Of The Future” featuring Kriistal Ann.
– – – : Beatbox Machinery has already released an impressive discography. I sometimes get the impression some of the songs were made in a hurry, kind of speed writing, while some songs could have been a bit more elaborated.
Conclusion: Beatbox Machinery doesn’t bring the original magic of the 80s alive, but this album is a cool wink.
Best songs: “Omicron Metallogirls”, “Cyber Techno Programmer”, Cities Of The Future – Re_Edit”, “Computerized Transmitting Heart”.