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  MUSIC FOR THE MASSES
    by WXJL VARIOUS ARTISTS
  Posted: 12.22.2002
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   Your Rating:?Avg:9.5:  Ratings:2:  High:10:  Low:9:  Member Reviews:1View
TRACK LISTING

1. "Breath"-Provision
2. "Say You'll Come (Anywhere)-Eight To Infinity
3. "Too Much"-Xero-G
4. "Calling Aphrodite"-Shane Savant
5. "Stutter (Edit One)-The Sepia
6. "Something's Got To Happen Soon (edit)"-Macondo
7. "Random Event"-lowtechnicians
8. "Now One"-Purveyor
9. "Far Away (Close Mix)"-Blind Before Dawn
10. "Image Of A Fool"-A Modern Effigy
11. "Wonderlust"-E:Moderne
12. "Strike 13"-User On The Grid
13. "Just Drop It"-Etikemic
14. "Your Last Surrender"-Cliffwalk
15. "The Walloon Love Song (Alternate Mix)"-Mark Lane
16. "Safeway (Single Edit)"-Faux Furnishings

  LABEL:  Ninthwave
  RELEASED:  2002

WXJL VARIOUS ARTISTS

MUSIC FOR THE MASSES

This sampler from the good folks at Ninthwave presents a tantalising glimpse of the future of synthpop as most of the bands featured here are either unsigned or have just started making their way up the synthpop ladder.

As such this is a good way to get aquainted with some up and coming acts including Provision, whose excellent New-Order-influenced "Breathe" gets the album off to a flying start and the equallu solid lowtechnicians (this is how their name is printed on the cover!). Likewise, Purveyor's "Now One" and A Modern Effigy's "Image Of A Fool" will have widespread appeal among you synthpoppers as will Xero-G's excellent "Too Much" (taken from their unmissable debut album "Are You Weightless?"). E:Moderne's "Wonderlust" has a go at bridging the areas between synthpop and dance, an area that other artists have proved to have much potential and although this is a solid enough offering I'm not 100% sold on his vocals which sound like someone having a go at karaoke, a bit of remixing might be in order here! Eight To Infinity and Shane Savant (who seems to have the new romantic look down to a fine art) both provide a bouncier happier synthpop brand.

A few UK acts also make their mark including the hard-edged electro of The Sepia and the synthpop of Macondo, an Essex-based band whose vocalist doesn't bother to disguise the fact with a half spoken/half sung style that is far too lightweight for it's own good. Some good grooves make this band one to look out for if you don't mind the vocals. More interesting are Blind Before Dawn whose restrained but dancey style should also have much appeal.

With User On The Grid we're in the realms of minimalistic dance and whie they manage to mix techno and industrial well enough the minimalistic style might put some off. Etikemic mix a kind of free jazz with electronics while Cliffwalk's "Your Last Surrender" sounds interesting but a bit messy, as if it were a demo (and a pretty rough one at that!). With work this might mature into something interesting. Mark Lane's "The Walloon Love Song" is an offbeat little ditty (he's a counterpart of the old Mute bunch which might account for that!) while, ringing the changes slightly, Faux Furnishings' "Safeway (Single Edit)" closes the album with a nicely chilled-out trip-hop vibe.

This compilation proves itself required listening for those who wish to expand their musical horizons and hopefully further entries in the series will see many more bands making their mark.


RATING: 8

Artist Link:  http://www.ninthwaverecords.com
 

  Written By:  

 Carl Jenkinson

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arronc 
RATING: 9

Love this, especially Marcondo, XeroG

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