Növö – The Shortwaves/Parallel (Digital EP – Alfa Matrix)

By Dec 21,2016

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Genre/Influences: Minimal-EBM, experimental.

NövöBackground/Info: Laurent Boudic earlier this year unleashed his new opus “The Shortwaves” featuring 11 pieces of electro analogue complexity and entirely dedicated to shortwave radio. I always have liked this artist for his creative writing, which often sounds as an antidote to contemporary electro clones emulating themselves.

This EP is meant as a kind of continuation to the album tracks. There are several remixes of the title track plus two new cuts as well.

Content: Among both new tracks I can be very clear and short. The cuts are in the purest tradition of Növö and the continuation of the last album. I especially recommend the song “Zero Zero” for the great sound treatments, which might appeal to the early ‘242’-fans.

The title song has been remixed as a “7” Edit” plus exposed to the remixing skills of Black Egg, Flood Veyor, Commuter and Amorphous.

+ + + : Növö remains a great experience in genre. I think it’s no longer necessary to confirm that analog equipment has much more of a magical impact on the listener simply because of the unique sound DNA. Laurent Boudic is one of the faithful adepts of this sound formula, but also invited artists sharing similar sound ‘values’ to remix the title track of this EP. I was impressed by the great and totally vintage sounding remix of Commuter, but also the more groovy transformation by Amorphous. Last, but not least I can also recommend one of both new cuts (cf. “Zero Zero”).

– – – : I expected a bit more out of some other remixes while the new song “Interfearence” is nothing less than a cool B-side track.

Conclusion: This EP sounds as a cool bonus to the full length album revealing a few noticeable cuts.

Best songs: “The Shortwaves – 7” Edit”, “The Shortwaves – Commuter Remix”, “Zero Zero”.

Rate: (7).

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