MEMENTO MATERIA RELEASE:
NOVEMBER 17, 2004 REVIEW: NOVEMBER
Sweden and Norway have been spitting
out electronic acts for quite some
time now. "Electropop Heroes"
is a compilation of mostly previously
unreleased stuff from these countries.
The focus lies on the poppier side
of the spectrum. No EBM here, which
works fine for me as it leaves more
room for variation.
My absolute favourite on the album
is the Tears for Fears cover “Shout”
by Sophie Rimheden and Håkan
Lidbo. A hellishly funky inferno of
bubbly, precise electronics and artificial
vocals that just forces me to start
shakin’ that ass. I can hardly
write this review because of it. This
album would be worth buying just for
this track, if it weren’t for
the fact that it’s being released
on a single very soon (review in progress).
Other notables are Daybehavior’s
that should guarantee a full dancefloor,
a housy Stisch feat. Magnus Carlson
song, a catchy Bobby-track and Backlash’s
“Purity for a Sinner (Kill Something
Mix)” – complete with
electronic pop scene seems to be thriving,
although some low points are of course
found here as well: for example Monofader’s
“Behind” with clichéd
sounds and weak vocals. The same goes
for Blipp’s “Paradis (Junimix)”,
badly sung in Swedish.
This album is an indicator that shows
that electropop is at least doing
well, when most EBM bands have gone
down a one-way street.