Background/Info: “Technophobic” must be the sixth full length album by Swedish artist Tobias Bernstrup. Every single album has been released on a different label so for “Technophobic” the artist joined hands together with Nadanna. Notice by the way the work is also available as vinyl format.
Content: Tobias Bersntrup is a talented electro-pop artist who’s also linked to disco-pop. “Technophobic” is pure electro-pop, getting us back to the great 80s with something contemporary on top. But you also can hear this artist belongs to the great ‘Swedish electro-pop class’. The songs might remind you of Elegant Machinery, but also has something pretty refreshing.
The CD format features remixes by some great artists such as Covenant, Makina Girgir, Techniques Berlin, Confrontational, Noa Katafushi, Italoconnection, Flemming Dalum and 23RD Underpass.
+ + + : I’m first of all deeply impressed by the great production skills revealed on this work. There’s a great mix and sound quality. The songs have been meticulously crafted, mixing vintage parts together with a more refreshing approach. The result is a genius piece of music featuring multiple outstanding cuts. I want to tip “Utopia” (also released as single), “Night In The Science Zone” and “Hear Me Calling”. The title song is another noticeable cut. Among the remixes I noticed some real interesting contributions. My favorites we’re accomplished by Techniques Berlin, Confrontational and Italoconnection.
– – – : From a very personal point of view I would have liked to get less remixes and more extra songs.
Conclusion: Tobias Bernstrup remains one of those less recognized artists from the electro-pop scene. He’s a real great talent who maybe has never found the right label to promote his work a decent way. I hope for him Nadanna will make things change because this is a great piece of music.
Best songs: “Utopia”, “Hear Me Calling”, “Night In The Science Zone”, “Technophobic” + “Technophobia – Techniques Berlin Remix”, “Utopia – Italoconnection Remix”.
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