Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, space-pop electro.
Format: Digital, CD, vinyl (2xLP).
Background/Info: This album is the meeting between
Dimitry Nelepin (music) and Luca Bestetti aka ‘LBM’ (vocals) plus Inessa Shavrovskaya (helping a hand in working with analogue synthesizers and the second vocoder sampler). The album is a kind of conceptual sci-fi album about the spaceship ‘Akruse’.
Content: “Universe One” is a particular experience in electro-pop music as it moves much wider than the classic standards. The music is pretty retro-like, which is accentuated by the use of analogue sounds and robotic/vocoder effects on the vocals, but there also is an explicit psychedelic touch. The merge between electronics and guitar sounds creates something really old-school. But it even goes further than this as some cuts make me think to Krafwterk on a disco trip.
+ + + : This album might be one of the most original ones I’ve ever heard on ScentAir Records. The sound is truly a challenge, but I was rapidly convinced. There’s a perfect twist between vintage electronics (from pop to disco) and psychedelic passages. The robotic effect on top of the vocals reinforces the retro-atmosphere while the link with the concept is easy to make.
– – – : My only regret in the production is the use of fade-outs. I know it was commonly used during the early years of pop music, but it sounds outdated for the 21st Century.
Conclusion: If you want to discover a real surprising electro-pop release, I can only, but highly recommend Rockets LBM Project.
Best Songs: “Voyage”, “Star Command”, “The Mirror”, “Star Gate”.