Genre/Influences: Dark-pop, electro-goth & new-wave.
Content: A new full length album by Deviant UK is in the pipeline and we here welcome a first single, which will give us an idea about the new work.
Jay Smith remains a very unique artist in this scene. He not only created a highly danceable sound mixing elements of pop, gothic and new-wave, but he also has this great timbre of voice –which often reminded me of Gary Numan.
“Cracks Start To Show” features the title song and 14 remixes. I’m not that fond of such a remix orgy, but it has the main advantage that you’ll never forget the original song, especially when it concerns a great composition. The “Original Mix” is driven by a solid kick and an overwhelming melody line. Electronics and powerful guitar riffs together are inciting Jay Smith to sing some passages a real enraged way. No doubt about it, this new track is one more great smasher by Deviant UK.
It would bring me too far away to analyze every single remix, but we get an interesting canvas of bands like Angels & Agony, ESA, Cyferdyne, Die Sektor, Katscan, Skinjob, Iszoloscope, Renoized ao.
The first noticeable remix reveals an intelligent approach by ESA. Angels & Agony coming up next did a great job transforming some parts of the song into a delicious and evasive electro remix. Die Sektor transformed the original song into a darker and clubby-minded version.
I also have to mention of few more attention grabbers made by Advance and Stereo Juggernaut. Both formations are not exactly the most familiar names, but a remix always is an opportunity to catch the attention of a wider audience. That’s also true for SkinjoB, which I always have seen as a formation with a huge potential, but for some reasons this band never broke through. But the “SkinjoB Remix” is a hard and merciless club-version and definitely one of my absolute favorite ones.
Conclusion: This new EP can be simply summarized as revealing one great new song and a real plethora of remixes.
Best songs: “Cracks Start To Show”, “Cracks Start To Show – SkinjoB Remix”, “Cracks Start To Show – Deep Within The Cracks Remix By ESA”, “Cracks Start To Show – Die Sektor Remix”, “Cracks Start To Show – Stereo Juggernaut Remix”.
Band: www.deviantuk.net / www.facebook.com/deviantuk
Label: www.wtiirecords.com / www.facebook.com/WTIIRecords