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  MONKEY EVER AFTER
    by NEON ELECTRONICS
  Posted: 04.25.2007
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TRACK LISTING

1. Les Enfants Du Paradis (Edit)
2. Maximum Joy
3. No Religion
4. Sweet And Vicious
5. Miss Brown
6. My Gun
7. We Lost A Child
8. Sparkling Clean
9. Shadowplayer
10. Economit
11. Better Way (The Hacker)
12. Jazzbox
13. The Fashion Party
14. Les Enfants Du Paradis
15. Shadowplayer (Implant Remix)

  LABEL:  Dancedelic
  RELEASED:  2006

NEON ELECTRONICS

MONKEY EVER AFTER

As the latest jolt of voltage from The Neon Judgement’s front man Dirk Da Davo, “Monkey Ever After” is nothing short of masterful. Its direct yet sophisto-industrial approach will not only please his loyal following but should make these recordings accessible to fairly large fan base. Primarily anchored in the EBM/Club genre “Monkey Ever After” seduces its listeners using big dance floor rhythms for the body and an array of electronic textures for the mind. By the time Da Davo adds his androgynous vocals with a sexual complicity reminiscent of his early Neon Judgement recordings, one is simultaneously dropped into the 80’s and injected into the present making the music not only seem fresh but also like and old friend.

Da Davo arrives at these compositions working solo, collaborating with remix artists, and remixing some of the vintage Neon Judgement classics. My personal favorite is “Shadowplayer.” It begins with a sort of homage to Visage’s “Malpaso Man” (a la the sequencing and vocal pattern) only to break into an infectious repetition of lyrics and an apocalyptic big sound synth that strikes you in wonder. There is even an impressive remix of “Shadowplayer” by Implant that closes this disc.

There are two other collaborative remixes on this disc and both of them are of considerable ilk. “Maximum Joy,” remixed by Franz and Hope and “Better Way” remixed by The Hacker. Of the two “Maximum Joy” is more up tempo and harder in its approach but still very danceable. While “Better Way” seems to draw its strength from the hypnotic Front 242 like call and answer vocals, sonics, and sequences. From the Neon Judgement catalog “The Fashion Party,” “Jazzbox,” and “Miss Brown” are represented here in club form and are not to be dismissed as lesser versions than their originals. Each of these remixes are reason enough to purchase this CD and could have easily been the thrust of another release. Of the three, I’m drawn to “Miss Brown,” but I think that is because I really love the original.

Also notable are “No Religion” and “Les Enfant Du Paradis.” “No Religion” offers minimal sequencing reminiscent of The Normal that is seductively pounced on by the canon like bass drum and the doubled robotic vocals. The end result is a yield much more than the sum total of its parts. “Les Enfant Du Paradis” has the honor of opening this disc and certainly lives up to it. The anthemic vocal delivery is so contagious that you’ll find yourself surrendering and singing along, and just for good measure the song is, oh yes remixed as an instrumental.

“Monkey Ever After” is a brave set of recordings that are keen to wonder far enough into experimental territory to keep the most discriminating purist happy. It is however the refinement of approach, the complexity of finesse, and the dance club wall of sound used here that will appeal to many. Quite frankly, it has the potential to be one of the best electronic music releases of the decade.

By Mark Lane

http://www.editionsmarklane.com
http://www.myspace.com/theantitech


RATING: 9

Artist Link:  http://www.neon-electronics.org
 

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