tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

30/09/2014 : GUS GUS - Mexico

GUS GUS

Mexico

MusicCD
DanceIndie

[70/100]   

Kompakt
30/09/2014, Paul PLEDGER

Gus Gus could once lay claim to being Iceland's largest ever group (well, they were at one point up to 12 in number), but since shedding members left right and centre, their fortunes have dwindled in parallel. Musically they can still be a force to be reckoned with - the 2003 single David was the work of celestial beings, bordering on hedonist genius and a staple of many a top DJs crate back in the day.

 

Earlier releases on 4AD brimmed with artful grooves and even artier imagery, as well as a swath of remixers queuing patiently for duty - Polyesterday garnered a nifty Carl Craig remix, Ron Trent jazzed up the already-classy VIP and Sasha expertly pummelled the otherwise delicate Purple into submission. Frankly, Bjork's imagination was being challenged by these hip-wiggling upstarts - but it wasn't to be.

 

With Mexico, their third full-length set for Kompakt, not a huge amount has changed to be honest. Opener Obnoxiously Sexual bears all of the wordy hallmarks of old, as well as a tight 4/4 pattern that stutters more than glides. Better is Another Life with its subtle synth-bass and time-stretched vocals and Airwaves continues the theme of atmospheric minimalism before handing over a similar baton to Not The First Time. Most tracks are in excess of five minutes in length - Gus Gus are clearly aiming for the clubber's pay-packets with extended mixes - with most being doggedly danceable and rather rewarding.

 

Conversely, the ones that aren't groovy are simply a muddle. Sustain is sluggish, God Application recalls work found on their debut-album in the '90s but just doesn't delight and Crossfade just doesn't sit right with its bed-partners - it sounds like another band for a start.

 

However, what is good is very very good and I'll be surprised if a similar DJ elite isn't forming another queue to transcend Gus Gus into a serious clubbing outfit once more. To be fair, in a few cases on Mexico (the title-track included), they won't have to do too much - the Icelandic powerhouses have started their own party.

 

 

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
30/09/2014


Music reviews

27
09
JOSH WERNER
Mode For Titan
26
09
TRUE ZEBRA
Idiorhythmic
25
09
KMFDM
In Dub
03
09
SHERAPHIM SYSTEM
Phoenix
02
09
CAWATANA
In The Silver Light (7')
01
09
MIKE SOPKO, BILL LASWELL, TYSHAWN SOREY
On Common Ground

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

26
09
A CERTAIN RATIO are back with a new album, ACR Loco!
25
09
Today, exactly 33 years ago The Klinik released 'Plague'!
22
09
Today it’s been exactly 28 years since Nine Inch Nails released Broken (EP)
08
09
SUICIDE COMMANDO release a complete 'Dein herz, meine gier' lyric video for the release of the limited club single CD 'Dein herz, meine gier / Bunkerb!tc!
04
09
39 years ago, Soft Cell's version of ‘Tainted Love’ reached the number one position in the British hit parade!
28
08
43 years ago Iggy Pop released Lust for Life (29th August 1977)

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing
31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

26
09
THIS ETERNAL DECAY
In The Early Days We Spent More Time Drinking And Partying Rather Than Playing
19
09
MORTAR DEVOTIONS
Dystopia Is Just Around The Corner And Orwell Warned Us Already In 1948
16
09
MAT OSMAN (SUEDE)
'I’m always writing short stories...'
15
09
ERASURE
'Music certainly gives us hope' - Erasure talk about their new album 'The Neon'
14
09
WATA (BORIS)
'I will always feel like a rookie...'

PHOTOS

25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival
20
08
JUSTIN SULLIVAN & GASTONE
Kreisverwaltung Groß-Gerau

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

28
09
SUFFOCATING MINDS
Slow Down
27
09
A CERTAIN RATIO
Always In Love
26
09
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Virus
25
09
HYPERMOND.
Paranoia
25
09
PSY'AVIAH
Aftermath
24
09
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
23
09
ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra