Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Two years after the “Wastelands”-album Funker Vogt is back on track unleashing this brand-new EP featuring four new songs, two remixes and one extra remix from an old song from 2012.
Content: I’m not affirming that Funker Vogt has reinvented its sound, but the new songs sound less ‘typical’. The composition remains powerful and ultra danceable, but I get the impression Chris L. is progressively having more impact on the writing process. You still recognize the arrangements and sound treatments of Gerrit Thomas, but some details have changed. The lyrical themes became also deeper, like announcing a dystopian dream that is progressively becoming true.
“Conspiracy” features 4 great new songs plus an excellent remix –or reworked version, of “Date Of Expiration” (originally released at the “Survivor”-album in 2002).
+ + + : Both debut songs (cf. “The Fallen Race” and “CE-3”) definitely appear to be the real title songs. But it’s the “Intruder”-version from “CE-3”, which is the absolute highlight here. The song is driven by powerful dance vibes and a simple, but efficient and aggressive chorus. Another attention grabber is “A New Dawn”, which is carried by an EBM bass line. Chris L.’s vocals are progressively also becoming more explicit in the global production process. I also like this EP for featuring several new –and outstanding, songs. No abuse of remixes here, but just new and efficient songs!
– – – : I can’t say there are real minus points on this work.
Conclusion: There’s no better way striking back with such a powerful and essential EP. Funker Vogt still rules!
Best songs: “CE-3 – Intruder”, “CE-3 – First Contact”, “The Fallen Race”, “A New Dawn”, “Date Of Expiration – Neumix”.