Friday, November 24, 2017

Chain Store EP - Uncanny Valley (Snap, Crackle & Pop)

Title: Chain Store EP
Artist: Uncanny Valley
Label: Snap, Crackle & Pop
Cat Number: SC&P004
Genre: Electronic Vaudeville

1: Chain Store
2: Nowhere to Nowhere
3: Popcorn
4: Chain Store (Manfredas Remix)
5: Nowhere to Nowhere (Mondowski Remix)

A bit of a throwback this one, coming on like an updated Brechtian sleaze fest, its theatrical credentials are underpinned by a flat beat, as well as similar vocals, which recall Jona Lewie. ‘Popcorn’ also hearkens back, obviously to Hot Butter’s early 70s hit of the same name. It’s the remixes which set this one alight though, for me at least. Manfredas reworks ‘Chain Store’ into a starker, more glacial stomp, while Mondowski employs similar methods on his take of ‘Nowhere to Nowhere’. I’m ambivalent about this, but lean towards the remixes.

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