lundi 11 juillet 2011
Thrills emerge early on with the Rob Mello’s liquid groove reworking of Presslaboy’s forgettable ‘Electric Generation’ into a tech house treasure. The gorgeous ‘Far Away’ has an undeniable Kompakt feel but represents a direction Lazarus could take the label in; blissful electro pop that Michael Mayer has been purveying for years. Dominik Eulberg beckons you into a k-hole with his skilful remix of Pier Bucci’s ‘L’Nuit’ and Matthew Jonson lets the analogue warmth loose on his 12 minute interpretation of Hiem’s ‘She’s The One’. Why Roman Flugel thought he could rework Jennifer Cardini’s already great ‘Stay’ into a schnaffel bore fest baffles the mind, and the much touted 3 Channels totally misfire with a washed out digital ditty totally devoid of funk, which is a Lazarus trade mark.
Nowhere near as enticing as the Rebel Futurism albums and, thankfully, not an accurate representation of this great label, Crosstown Rebels feels rushed. While it hits some of the dizzying highs one would expect from this dark prince, it mostly sounds flat and shrouded in the common complacency about music of this kind; crap if you are straight, awesome if you’ve just had a line of ketamine.