YELLO: "Zebra (CD on Island Records in USA).
This is alive with typical Yello moves: rapid paced tempo, driving percussion, a pinball arcade of electronics, and the sinuous voice of Deiter Meier crooning from a lofty ballroom stage. Although nothing outstanding occurs, I found the album to be wholly enjoyable.
YNOS: Chill Out Sector (CD on Cleopatra Records, 13428 Maxella Ave, Suite 251, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 USA).
Non-agro, pleasent ambient rave --actually more in the vein of a very dreamy, spacier brand of what passes for new age. Frequent flashes reminiscent of old Tangerine Dream, Kitaro, Brian Eno and Yanni surface throughout the CD. It's all really passive, but the soft compositions are rather tasty (keeping in mind that most of what passes for new age puts me right to sleep).
There's an additional twist: the CD is by YNOS, but the music is performed by KOMAKINO (a techno dance band whose work failed to impress me a few years ago). Well, they've found their niche--and a tasty one it is too!
THE YOUNG GODS: Kissing the Sun--the Remixes (CD EP on Play It Again Sam Records).
Review the individual elements: savage guitar, monstrous percussion, angry-in-heaven vocals, a snakepit of electronics. Meld it all into a brutal industrial rock tune, "Kissing the Sun" from the Young Gods' "Only Heaven" album. Assemble the music for seven remixes: a condensed radio edit by the band, an agro thrash attack by Sascha K/KMFDM, a soaring astral transformation by Meat Beat Manifesto, a speed Drum & Bass mix by Hot Spocksone & the June/Trance Corporation, an electro reggae dub by Mad Professor, a scare version by Technogod, and a ricochet techno remix by Mark Pistel. Resulting in 39 minutes of dynamite multi-genre variations of this very catchy tune.
THE YOUNG GODS: Only Heaven (CD on Interscope Records in USA).
Brutal industrial rock with a fine taste of electro-sensibilities that adds rather than replaces the regular drums and guitar impact found in such music.
Locomotive guitar (with some outbursts of cyclic Steve Hillage style guitar--an odd yet refreshing injection to such an industrial sound), insistent percussion, electronics for swimming, and hoarse vocals (in English but with a tinge of Euro accent resulting in an international flair).
There's even one 16 minute song that gives an ambient touch to the savage onslaught.
The production job by Roll Mosimann (ex-Swans) lends it all an intense slickness that most heavy industrial rock lacks.
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