Genre/Influences: Minimal-electro, electro-wave.
Background/Info: Digital Dependency Records is a British label set up and driven byGraham Rayner (ex-Cubanate) and Christian Weber (K-Nitrate). “Behind The Wire” is the tenth release from the label. Both protagonists joined hands together to set up Wire 13!
Content: “Behind The Wire” clearly brings different influences together. It’s a minimal-electro creation featuring spoken samplings or a few passages with voices overloaded with effects. There’s an electro-wave element emerging at the surface, which sometimes reminds me of early Revolting Cocks. But the sound also has something more contemporary moving towards techno fields without becoming totally techno-like.
+ + + : The mix of influences for sure makes the originality of the work. It’s not easy to describe the music, but the structures reveal great, deep-sounding bass lines, cool and aggressive sequences and a sexy 80s touch. Some songs are well worked-out and I especially recommend listening to “The Preacher”. Another attention grabber is “Lie To Us”, which has this little wink with early Revolting Cocks.
– – – : The single element I’m missing is the presence of vocals –at least on a few cuts. I don’t have anything against instrumental versions and/or mixed with sampled vocals, but I think it here could be a bonus.
Conclusion: Wire 13 is not exactly setting the world alight, but this album reveals potential so I hope the best is yet to come!
Best songs: “The Preacher”, “The Tower”, “Lie To Us”, “States Of Hate”.