Review: Parisian producer Cosmo Vitelli gets cosmic and Italo-y on this five-track EP packed full of experimental disco wonkiness. The synthy title track has echoes of leftfield early 80s synth-pop ? la Landscape, 'Tisja' (feat Tanja) is glacial and electrofied with a whispered French female vocal and 'The Shy Dictator' rocks Carpenter-esque analogue synths, while a brace of remixes of 'Un Episode Psychotique' from GOTT maintain the electro-horror vibe but push the drums towards a housier tempo, with (Continua) or without (Instrumentalis) an added male, German spoken vocal. The overall effect is like stepping into a twisted Halloween party in Berlin some time around 1983.
Review: Who better to rep for I'm A Cliche than label head honcho Cosmo Vitelli who serves up more EBM derived indie dance, as usual, on this self titled EP. Wasting no time getting started with "Suddenly On Acid" where some adrenalised and razor sharp arpeggios grind up against your ears assisted by spangling Fairlight presets. There's also the dark Italo-disco thriller "The Cemetery Of Unsigned House Tracks" (hilarious!) which we found equally impressive until this fine EP finishes up with the deep vintage coldwave vibes of "El Si SenIor (Soundtrack version)". This one finishes things on a melancholic yet bittersweet note. Following up great EPs of late by Jakarta's Jonathan Kusuma and Tel Aviv's Red Axes, this label truly is on fire at the moment.
Review: Cosmo Vitelli has been rather quiet of late, with his last solo release coming way back in 2011. Last Train To Marzahn - so called in honour of the Berlin studio he established last year - sees him explore his usual vintage Italo-disco influences, while also doffing a cap to classic EBM and industrial funk. Of the original tracks on offer, check the shirts-off Italo pomp of "A Cruel Story", and the new beat influenced throb of "Chiens De L'Enfer". The accompanying remix package is strong, with I:Cube transforming "A Cruel Story" into a dark, atmospheric, bass-heavy shuffler, while FX Mchn turns the same track into a vintage, analogue deep house-meets-Italo gem.
Review: With this new compilation, 10 Track That Would Help You For Cooking But Would Clear The Dancefloor, French label I'm A Cliche break away from their more usual electro house flair, and step into the realm of the unknown, the surreal, and the deeply experimental. Ranging from post-rock to coldwave and post-punk, this compilation is all about texture and subtlety, something that can be heard in tunes like "Fathers & Sons" by Bot'Ox, or the sublimely percussive "Dead Dog Farm" by Runaway. Other stand-out moments include the fast-paced polyrhythms of "Sticky" by Dixlexsix, the slow and balearic remix of Cosmo Vitelli's "Delayer" by Quiet Village, the distorted pseudo noise journey that is "Dreams Like A Tale" by Red Axes. Excellent and fully tipped!