Chris Shape – Shaped To Deform (Album – Unknown Pleasures Records)
Genre/Influences: EBM, Minimal-Electro, Techno-Body.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Chris Shape is an Italian solo-project driven by Cristian Camporesi. This artist has already been active for numerous years and has been involved with different projects till he decided a few years ago now to release his work under Chris Shape moniker. In 2019 he released a phenomenal EP “Faked Truths” together with Dave Inox. “Shaped To Deform” is the artist’s debut album featuring thirteen songs.
Content: Chris Shape stands for pure Minimal-Electro music inspired by the power of 80s EBM and with a Techno touch on top. This guy composes his music with the magic of analogue machines. The solid bass lines and multiple effects are carried by danceable kicks while manipulated, fragmented vocals are emerging at the top. Nine songs from the tracklist have been achieved with the help of guests. HIV+, Alberto Frignani, IV Horsemen, Dave Inox, Black Asteroid, Raffaelle Venturelli, Velvet Kills and Blind Delon (2 songs) contributed to this work.
+ + + : It’s simply amazing to see how music inspired by retro influences and vintage equipment can create a futuristic sound. Chris Shape brings us back to the essence of good-old EBM; power and energy! But there’s this passion and love to compose intelligent music; a sound that has been composed with knowledge and not in a hurry. Songs driven by heavy, dry bass lines (sometimes reminding me of Front 242) and accomplished with great sound effects. I also like some passages creating a transcendental sensation, “Holy Ron”being an absolute masterpiece! The different featurings are simply outstanding.
– – – : There’s not one single song from this work to throw away!
Conclusion: “Shaped To Deform” sounds as a phenomenal production and definitely one of the best EBM productions from the past year! Respect!
Best songs: “Holy Ron”, “Near To Silence”, “Diss Out feat. Dave Inox”, “Mind feat. Blind Delon”, “Eat The Bankers feat. Black Asteroid”.
Label: www.unknown-pleasures-records.com / www.facebook.com/Unknown-Pleasures-Records-566180440115465
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