Djedjotronic – R.U.R. (Vinyl Album – Boysnoize Records)
Genre/Influences: Techno-body, minimal-EBM.
Background/Info: French DJ/producer Jérèmy Cottereau is now based in Berlin. He can look back at an impressive discography featuring an endless list of EP’s and remixes for other artists. “R.U.R.” is Djedjotronic debut full length available as double 12’ vinyl.
Content: The gap between techno music and good-old EBM is getting smaller and smaller. “R.U.R.” sounds as an ultimate fusion between good-old EBM characterized by terrific bass lines and modern, dark-techno music. The songs are totally vintage-like, sometimes revealing Kraftwerk-like sequences.
But there also is a real noticeable cover version of Gary Numan’s legendary “Are Friends Electric”. This work will appeal to fans of Fixmer/McCarthy and related bands. I guess it’s not a coincidence if Douglas McCarthy has been featured on one of the tracks.
+ + + : If you like minimal-EBM and you’re not familiar with Djedjotronic you’re going to have the shock of your life! This album sounds like a the perfect merge between both styles, but you’re going to get wild discovering the carrying bass lines and the global intelligence of the production. The cover version of “Are Friends Electric” is just sublime; such a clever approach in sound treatments and a totally reworked, but recognizable song. The entire album is worthy of examination and a truly sonic masterpiece!
– – – : There also is an experimental flavor running through a few cuts, but it’s not really a point of discussion.
Conclusion: It has something confusing realizing that influences from the past mixed with something personal and contemporary can be seen as the EBM from the future? This album is worthy of examination!
Best songs: “Are Friends Electric”, “Electric Body”, “Take Me Down”, “Cops”, “Cockring Robot”.
Label: www.boysnoizerecords.com / www.facebook.com/boysnoizerecords
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