QEK Junior – Ausverkauf (Album – Young And Cold Records)

By Oct 2,2020

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Genre/Influences: EBM, electro-wave, wave-pop.

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.

Background/Info: German duo QEK Junior was set up in 2005 and released a noticeable debut album “Ausverkauf” in 2009 on Danse Macabre Records. After a second opus “Druschba” in 2011 the band didn’t give us much signs of life. “Ausverkauf” has been now recovered from dust and released for the very first time on vinyl by Young And Cold Records.

Content: The tracklist remains exactly the same, featuring the 10 original songs from the album. If you don’t know yet QEK Junior and especially this debut work you might imagine a sonic hybrid between Welle:Erdball and DAF. The music is pure old-school like bringing the old EBM from DAF alive together with the typical robotic pop from Welle:Erdball. There’re also some more minimal cuts, which are evoking Absolute Body Control. This is pure retro-electronic music with German vocals.

+ + + : I’ve always liked this album by QEK Junior and didn’t realize it’s already 11 years old now. Well you don’t get the feeling the songs are suffering from the weight of time; they’re still pretty vintage-sounding, but the minimalism and robotic-pop approach make it all sound refreshing and up to date. The different influences running through their work are also complementary. The vinyl edition is totally appropriated for this vintage sound.

– – – : I just regret there are no extras –like unreleased songs and why not a new track.

Conclusion: “Ausverkauf” remains a great work released by a band that never got a deserved recognition for their work. This vinyl edition will hopefully give a second life to the album and maybe inciting the band to compose new songs.

Best songs: “Schwarzes Gold”, “Yoshiwara”, “Nut Diesen Augenblick”, “1/0”.

Rate: (8).


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