Surrender No Resistance EPMusic • CD
Minimal • New wave
06/06/2011, Didier BECU
Some persons are schizophrenic in a sane sense which often results in so-called side projects but in the case of Dirk Ivens it’s an individuality that’s been splitting in four.
There’s his solo EBM-esque project Dive, along with Marc Verhaeghen and Peter Mastbooms he forms the institute named The Klinik and with his other buddy Eric Van Wonterghem, he’s involved in both Sonar (harsh noise) and Absolute Body Control.
I recently asked Dirk to come up with his favourite baby but he couldn’t as a good father loves all his children in an equal way.
Having said that, there’s no doubt about that Absolute Body Control is the project that sounds most like the 80’s. I guess it’s no wonder that last year’s “Shattered Illusion” was my favourite album.
Some hear Fad Gadget (I do), others might hear John Foxx but after being so many years in the biz and so many good releases, I guess they can only be compared to themselves and that is the highest compliment an artist can get.
All quite normal after 30 years’ ABC and to celebrate this event, there’s not only a worldwide tour (including Shadowplay) and the release of this EP.
Described as a collection of remixes and unreleased material, this EP offers you 6 tracks.
“Surrender no resistance” has been remixed by Crash Course In Science (and as expected, it gives it even a more minimal synth-feel), Covenant (and no, it hasn’t turned out in being a futurepop thing) and Millimetric.
You don’t like remixes? Neither do I, but in the case of ABC it’s different just because the versions are different and apart from the same choruses it feels like you’re listening to songs that haven’t that much in common.
Also “Talking to the men” has been remixed and it still stays a track that could have been made by The Neon Judgement in 1984.
“Tears” is an instrumental song in where you can hear how much these guys love Kraftwerk and “Feels like love” is indeed a cover and so the perfect homage to Luc Van Acker.
Which brings us to the conclusion that not one fan can live without this (therefore you’re a fan, ha!) and for all the others, it’s not too late to discover the best band from Belgium. Okay, one of the best that is!
MILITIA • Power! Propaganda! Production!
DOCTOR MIDNIGHT AND THE MERCY CULT • I declare: treason
COMBAT VOICE • The last flow
SCUMBAG PHILOSOPHER • It means nothing so it means nothing
ROBOTIKO REJEKTO • Umsturz Jetzt!
VARIOUS ARTISTS • Das Bunker, choice of a new generation
GIFTS FROM ENOLA • Gifts from Enola
VENDEMMIAN • One in a million
CUBS • The Whispering Woods
ESCALATOR • Out of my ego
Same combination of genres: MINIMAL + NEW WAVE
SHE HATES EMOTIONS • See The Light (Single)
ABSOLUTE BODY CONTROL • Forbidden Games
UNIDENTIFIED MAN • Identify Yourself
XENO & OAKLANDER • Topiary
VARIOUS ARTISTS • Underground Wave - Volume 5
VARIOUS ARTISTS • Ghosts Of Christmas Past (Remake)
ABSOLUTE BODY CONTROL • Shattered Illusion
KINEX KINEX • Polytheistic Christmas
KIRLIAN CAMERA • The Three Shadows
ARBEID ADELT! • Slik
Same genre: MINIMAL
MORE EPHEMEROL • Obituary Templates
L'AVENIR • Requiem And Live
STAATSEINDE • Dreiheit
MEAGER BENEFITS • Crawling
RADERKRAFT • Smart Control
MANDIVULA • Nonsens
SELOFAN • Vitrioli
SEMIOTICS DEPARTMENT OF HETERONYMS • Semiotics Department of Heteronyms
VIOLENCE • Le Flux de la Nature
CONSPIRACY COVEN • Conspiracy Coven
Same genre: NEW WAVE
HYSTÉRIE • Deuil
DAGEIST • Sexy
NEW MODEL ARMY • From Here
A CERTAIN RATIO • ACR-Box
VARIOUS ARTISTS • DARKSIDE OF THE CON III
DER KLINKE • Decade
JAPAN • Cries And Whispers (1983-1991)
XTC • What Do You Call That Noise?
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES • Juju
SIMI NAH • La Terre est Noire