French brothers Mattieu and Damien Bregere show an almost schizophrenic approach to electronic music making on The Call. From the crashing drums, doomy vocals and dirgy guitars of "Madigan" and "Clunker" to the pulsing, bass-heavy groove of the title track, the album covers all bases. "Too Hard To Breathe" sees Spitzer recruit a kooky diva to their bassy adventure, while "Masbat" and "Vor" are based on irresistible chiming melodies. There's even some smart techno references, with the introspective "Sir Chester" recalling the unforgettable hooks of Carl Craig's "At Les". The Call is one of this year's most adventurous long players.
If anyone was concerned that Ian Curtis's legacy might be forgotten, they should give "Clunker" a spin. In particular, Spitzer's edit of "Clunker" shows that the Joy Division frontman's influence lingers on in contemporary music. Over a twisted, punky groove a doomy, haunting vocal is introduced, shadowed by swathes of screeching guitar riffs. A similar mood prevails on Subarys' take on "Clunker"; the bass is grainy and relentless as the vocal screeches its way through the arrangement. Both Avatism and Alejandro Paz deliver heads-down clubby takes on the track - the latter's version is particularly effective thanks to its buzzsaw bass - while The Same interpetation is more inventive, marrying dusty guitar riffs with shuffling, UK funky-style rhythms.