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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

GENRE PEAK REVIEW

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Your Sleekest Engine
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I owned a Japan record once. I’m not sure, but it was the eighties, so it doesn’t really count. And Genre Peak’s Martin Birke makes no secret of the fact that his project is modelled Recoil and Massive Attack, with this one featuring collaborations with Mick Karn, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri, amongst others. So I could hardly be surprised when it turned out to sound like something from them there olden days. It seems him moving away from ambience and instrumentals back into songs proper, and there is a lot here that will make fans of pop era Japan meets Jon & Vangelis very happy indeed. The record certainly sounds great, and it’s clear that there is a great deal of production expertise on the go here.

But it would be nothing without songs, and there are some good ones here. If that whole dark electropop meets Eno thing is your cup of tea, then you won’t go far wrong with the tunes like ‘God Fearing Men’ and ‘Fix Me Deeper. It took a couple of plays to engage me properly, but it was worth the effort.

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