2 x 45, catchy, dancable experiments
C. J. Van Hall | Arnhem, The Netherlands | 02/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When this double 12" came out, Cabaret Voltaire was a very important band with their industrial funk noise. Very listenable, with urges of dancemusic from the start to a more primitive feel instead of the later poppier cheesiness.
2x45 is a revolutionary album, and I was lucky enough to be in Australia when this album came out, where this album was an item. Can remember going for a coffee in a slightly trendy coffeebar in Sydney and heard this 2 x 45 in the background. A nice welcome in a new city. Underground came above ground in the bigger cities Melbourne and Sydney and its great alt. radiostations. Already one good reason to love citylife. This album had real impact overthere. Even the more surprised I was after I came back to the Netherlands and only found 'Yashar' to be popular on the (alternative) dancefloor and hardly any mentioning of this superb album anywhere else,. Perhaps the album came out 2 years earlier after my arrival back home... But even so, I find to few people referring to this album ever since.
The chain of great music that Cabaret Voltaire brought out from the beginning up to Crackdown was and is impressive. Then and in hindsight. Although I already have the 2 x45 as a vinyl album, I will have to buy this album again on cd. Just to be able to not have to flip the records over...and to make sure that 2 x 45 is in da house, for a very long time onwards. Dancegrooves, experimental background noises, repetetive electronics as being a modernistic but still native tribe...2 x 45 is as important as 7 songs of 23 Skidoo in this field. And probably more important to the general feel and attitude towards primitive funk and industrial. Also get the hypnotizing Three Mantra's. And...then it won't be long till you get Red Mecca aswell. Go for it !"