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Ziggy Kinder – Barboom

Album review

Plenty of new bands around in 2012. That NME cover prophecy from this time last year (just the wrong bands to attach it to, sadly) is becoming true… kind of. Anyway, there’s plenty of decent music from otuside the world of UK guitar bands to enjoy. And I haven’t featured any minimal house in a while. So here goes…

As the cover art, depicting a red lighted bar with lots of single people drinking bottled beer eludes to, this is one to either start the night, or to end it. Heavily panned light synth effects rainbow their way from one ear to another, while the deep, dark basslines boom throughout.

Released on the new Ware records, the fifteen year old Cologne based techno/house label, and their concentration on amazing production values hasn’t dimmed. Throughout this album drum skitter, crack and vocal samples are cut up and broken out in wild spasms.

One for the nodding heads then, but deffinitely a must have release for those of you who are scared by all these wooden things with trings attached, or for times when they’re justa bit too loud.

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The Internet - Purple Naked Women
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