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Drokk, Music Inspired By Mega City One
Invada Records, May 8

04/26/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



News of a collaboration between Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and BBC soundtracker Ben Salisbury would normally portend some pretty cool sympho-electro with trippy beats, but this LP, born of their mutual love for the 2000 AD comic book universe in which Judge Dredd holds court, is the polar opposite of that. These are retro 1980s keyboard fractals right out of Running Man, stuff that could be taste-tested with anything John Carpenter ever made. And that’s really the whole scoop here — if your world revolves around that comic book series so much that you can identify the individual fictional street or tenement or android that inspired each of these rather random little ditties, you’ll be all set, but if not, you’ll scratch your head for a minute before hitting the eject button. Obviously a labor of love for a narrow, and very British, niche. B- —Eric W. Saeger
 






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