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DJ Hell, "Electronicbody-Housemusic"

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Having both inspired and surfed the murky wave of the electroclash movement (as well as breaking acts like Zombie Nation, Fischerspooner, and Tiga & Zyntherius along the way) International Deejay Gigolos label head DJ Hell claims to be looking towards the future. That being said, Electronicbody-Housemusic certainly seems to be mired down in the same old retro mold that made DJ Hell famous in the first place. Disc one of this two CD set offers selections that teeter between electropop and tech-house, opening with quality material from heroes Underground Resistance and Metro Area. From here, however, the boredom sets in. Though there are a few moments where you think things might very well pick up again (in particular, Playgroup's cover of the Depeche Mode classic "Behind The Wheel"), the bulk of this disc reeks of the monotone trash that has turned this retro trend from a nice idea to a gaping void of talentless snobs and posturing fashionistas. For every enjoyable and catchy electroclash track, there are at least a hundred pretentious and awful ones. Here, DJ Hell has opted to pick from the latter batch. While the first CD ultimately failed to move me, the second disc nearly sent me into a blind fury. Here is a playlist of popular EBM tracks from the 80's repackaged alongside a bizarre selection of techno and somewhat dark electroclash cuts. Now how is it that DJ Hell, who resides in a country where industrial music charts on the DAC, could be so completely ignorant of the music from this past decade of the genre? Is it that he's trying to be nostalgic of his younger years? Even the two Nitzer Ebb tracks here were remixed recently ("Control I'm Here" by The Hacker and "Join In The Chant" by Thomas Heckmann) and he chooses not to even give those a try here. Being an industrial DJ myself, it is my strong feeling that he has absolutely no excuse for throwing together this sloppy "greatest hits" type collection with mediocre mixing (Traktor, anyone?) and expect to receive any respect from those who have been moving with the genre and its many splinters over the years. In any case, retro-loving scenesters and trend vampires will adore hearing such tracks as Jay Harker's dismal cover of the gothic classic "Bela Lugosi's Dead" while probably skipping through the pioneering "Love Cuts" by the woefully underrated Chris And Cosey. Can't everyone just go back to listening to crappy rock bands and Austrian interpretations of soul? 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2005 10:19  


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