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Negative Gemini, Body Work (100% Electronica Records)




Electric Six, Fresh Blood for Tired Vampires (Metropolis Records)

This Detroit six-piece is mostly famous for playing in the same venues as White Stripes during the time they too were coming up. Though not a household name, the E6 are a handy reference for critics when trying to describe semi-joke bands that sound basically like The Tubes did during the 1980s, lots of bad, half-thought references that aren’t what snobs would call “witty,” more sort of madcap, but not going directly for the comedian-musician space of Weird Al and whatnot. Actually, it’d help if these guys threw cream pies at the audience during shows, not that I know or care whether or not they do that, but whatever, this Halloween-themed album is too late for Halloween, which automatically makes it cool. After an intro track stinking of ’80s cheese, it’s off to the salvageable Zappa-esque Daft Punk-gone industrial “Number of the Beast,” the “number” referring to, well, who knows, it’s buried in a bunch of jokes about college math classes. After that, it’s the usual disco-metal-funk that put them on the map, which includes insults aimed at people who eat at White Castle. All I can add is that if you hate Zappa you’ll absolutely detest this. As always. B — Eric W. Saeger




Negative Gemini, Body Work (100% Electronica Records)
CD REVIEWS: November 3, 2016

11/03/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Negative Gemini, Body Work (100% Electronica Records)

Second album from Lindsey French, who hatted out for Brooklyn after discovering that, as with 99 percent of the rest of the country, her native Richmond, Virginia, wasn’t capable of supporting an electronic scene. Her earliest artistic foray was a rap trio, which she abandoned after discovering beatmaking software, thus on paper she’s not your typical one-hit mini-diva, and furthermore, she’s got a response to all those New York construction workers who yell at her to take her shirt off, namely “Don’t Worry Bout The F--- I’m Doing,” a dreamy, Madonna-ized mid-tempo track built on the drum line to Enigma’s “Return to Innocence,” which would never be a bad choice. “You Never Knew” finds fashion-shopping-techno being menaced here and there by subterranean wub-wubs while French lays down extended, breathy lines supported by her studio weapon of choice, a deep, sometimes cheesy reverb. Lots of downright complicated beatmaking here, some epic moments, a top-drawer indie-techno slab.





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