Camouflage Feat. Peter Heppner - "Count On Me" - (4:42) 96 BPM
Greyscale - (4:24) 80 BPM
Still - (4:56) 60 BPM
Misery - (3:55) 80 BPM
Leave Your Room Behind - (4:51) 50 BPM
Light Grey - (1:16) 140 BPM
If ... - (4:52) 100 BPM
End Of Words - (5:42) 148 BPM
Dark Grey - (3:06) 148 BPM
I'll Find - (6:11) 78 BPM
Synth pop veterans Camouflage have been in the game for a long old time, with their first album harking back to the mid 80s when they were starting out in Stuttgart suburb Bietigheim-Bissingen. Now some thirty years later their sound is a big, highly polished exercise in high-end studio dynamics and catchy hooks which will no doubt satisfy their long-standing fans. There are some more brooding moments such as "Count On Me" featuring Peter Heppner and the haunting "Still", while there's plenty of space for introspective electronic ballads such as "In The Cloud" with its resonating "thinking too much, losing the touch" vocal refrain.
Spacemaker and Leather E's Electronic Emergencies label has largely impressed since launching midway through last year. Following killer releases from Das Ding, SOS and Visonia, they turn to previously unheard NYC cold-wave combo Ceci N'Est Pas. The American trio's debut is an impressive one, too. There's something particularly confident about "The Last Time", which expertly combines New Order style guitar passages with rasping electronic lines, cheap drum machine rhythms and atmospheric vocals. "The Stranger" is a little woozier and dreamier, coming on like the soundtrack to a sleepy saunter through empty warehouses in the company of Cabaret Voltaire, circa 1983's The Crackdown.
The electroclash revival starts here and Tronik Youth isn't afraid to jump on board, signing Daniel Kyo and his depressed electro-pop gem, "Electricity". If the latter sounds like it could be found on Tiga's seminal Mixed Emotions mix CD, digital B-side "No Regret" sounds like John Carpenter guest-soundtracking Miami Vice, also taken it into lo-fi arpeggiated electro-disco territory. Legendary EBM raconteur, Anton Maiovvi, delivers a deep and bleepy, electro-disco re-rub of the title track which also gets turned into angelic floaty house by Dimitri Viemar. Another strong release from Nein.