Like Poland and Spain, Mexico seems to be getting itself a worthwhile electro scene with the bands Hocico and Cenobita both gaining much praise in Europe and elsewhere.And now the duo of Buzwan X7 and Egom 5 (not their real names, I suspect!!) AKA Nexus 8 are set to take the electro world by storm with this debut on the up and coming Pur Zynth label.
The opening "Fixion" acts as a kind of overture to the album with the sounds of combat and a touching musical score that proves the duo's melodic skills beyond question.The gutteral vocals style employed for much of the time mean it's unlikely that any of the tracks here are likely to become singalong classics (not that that's something to be desired anyway) while the fact that the pacey "Ataxia" is sung in Spanish and in a very gutteral style that seems more part of the musical background than the focal point is not likely to help either although the rough and ready feel to the track is a bonus."Cyklomotron" is another techno-flavoured electro number with a more immediate theme (the English lyrics should give this piece more widespread appeal, too).
Although this band should have little trouble transfering their sound into clubs the most encouraging aspect of their sound is that the excellent and sometimes complicated melodics make this a most enjoying listening experience in a wider range of evironments (at home on headphones, for example). This is true of the forthright and complicated "System A" and "Axioma" or the engagingly reflective feel of "Emulsion", an asset which is far more important in my book.The pace of "In Extremis" and the breathtakingly manic closer "Neutro" prove this fact further
One less successful offering is "Virtual Image" as despite some initially appealing robotic voices has far too little to show for it's seven minute duration and soon gets a bit tedious. Still 1 out of 9 ain't bad I reckon and the rest of this release announces a new name to keep an eye out for on the worldwide electro scene.