Background/Info: Cubic is a Belgian solo-project driven by Franky Deblomme. EBM freaks will remind him as the frontman of Darkmen. “Alphabet Hymn” is the first work released by Cubic on Alfa Matrix. There’s a kind of concept about the alphabet.
Content: Cubic rapidly reminds me of Metroland and 808 Dot Pop. It’s not a coincidence Franky Deblomme has remixed the entire 808 Dot Pop debut album into the so-called “Cubic Temperature”. There’s a similar approach in the ‘robotic-pop’ featuring computer spoken vocals and a Kraftwerk-ish styled composition. The work features 5 songs –including a remix by 808 Dot Pop while the other versions are pretty diversified.
+ + + : Cubic has something special; it’s not just a copy of Metroland and 808 Dot Pop, but a more diversified composition, which is also getting back to some EBM roots (cf. “X – Edit”) and Techno (cf. “F – French Mix”). The last mentioned cut is a pure sonic jewel; the fusion of Kraftwerk inspired Electro-Pop together with Techno vibes. The tracks are carried by impressive bass lines, which is another great element of the work. Last, but not least 808 Dot Pop did a great remix of “F”.
– – – : The ‘robotic-pop’ army has been joined by one new adherent so in the end Cubic is not really innovating although still taking me by surprise.
Conclusion: Cubic clearly sounds as a project with a huge potential and this EP is a solid teaser to await the album.
Best songs: “F –French Mix”, “F – 808 Dot Mix”, “Alphabet Hymn – Edit”.