Code 64, in particular, just explodes in a blaze of furious electronic joy. "Sea of Stars" is an exhibition in the art of creating catchy club pop; personal vocals, super production and song writing on par with the very best. Add to that two great remixes and a pair of bonus gems and you have an award winning single all on its own.
Along comes Michigan, and while sounding untraditionally tired, they never fully disappoint. "Fallen Star" and "Emotional Silence" showcase the two personalities of the band, with the former being a club dance track with Peter Ehn on vocals and the latter a laidback emotional ballad fronted by equally talented singer Jonas Öberg.
"Breach", the latest installment in the Backlash discography, flew by unnoticed the first few times, the song structure drowning in technology. While more enjoyable in the present, it plays an inferior role to the ultra cool bonus track "Fool Impersonated".
Z Prochek, a recent darling of mine, continues the cascading electro, ignited on their "Viewers" album, beautifully with their "One Day" clubber. Great choruses are their trademark, also present in "Quarantine", an extra track deluxe building from industrial Front Line Assembly clone to climactic melodic melancholy towards the end.
So, ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake about it. Sweden are still at the very top of electro, churning out one successful act after another. "Dynamo Vol. 1" is hereby warmly and utterly recommended!