I Cabaret Voltaire: What Is Real (Les Disques Du Crepuscule) While last year‘s heavily Chicago-influenced Groovy. Laidback and Nasty album showed the - Cabs charting new territories. What Is Realis the sound of water being trod. Worse still. it‘sone ofthe most influential electronic bands of the past fifteen years is following trends rather than setting them. with what amounts to a fairly standard techno track. Disappointing.

I Meat Beat Manifesto: Version Galore (Play It Again Sam)/T he Alooi: Never Get Out The Boat (ttrr) I understand that Meat Beat‘s live shows are impressive. and this techno workout sounds like a segment ofthe soundtrack to one. Whatever action is going on is going on elsewhere. Aloofoutstay their welcome too. They sample Martin Sheen from Apocalypse No w, but halfway through he climbs overboard and leaves them to it. Got fed up of waiting for something to happen. I'd say. (AM)

I The Orchids: Penetration EP (Sarah) A slight misnomer here penetrate is precisely what this Eil’ fails to do. The Orchids continue to walk the thin line between average and not-too-bad straightforward indie pop. this time only skimming the surface oftheir potential. James llackett's voice sounds as glorioust pained as ever. but he's fighting a tide of mediocrin and he‘s not winning. Altogether now: “This is my song I! aim very hard and i! aim very long' (repeat to fade or lethargy. whichever comes first ). (VS)

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