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Oliver, Mechanical
Fools Gold Records

01/24/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/24/2013 - After successfully proving that they can withstand being in the same room with A-Trak for a remix, laptop duo Oliver emerge here with their debut EP, a combination of ‘80s-schlock, heartfelt angsty beats and Ed Banger crunch, all in the name of – I dunno, reinventing eurotrash-techno for the latest generation to have missed it.  This won’t set the world on fire, all the borrowing of sounds that come straight out of the John Waters film oeuvre (the title track most especially sounds like Breakfast Club makeout music), never mind the throwback Mr. Roboto-like vocal effects on “MYB,” but maybe it’ll get those spoiled velvet-rope kids thinking a little bit — there’s more heart here than in the last million Chromeo ripoffs to darken my door, and it’s a pleasant backpedal from that never-ending trend of the last couple of years in which all the new DJs were basically Sharpie-ing “Justice is the shizzle, ain’t they” on their foreheads (this latter being doubly surprising, being that these guys are from L.A.). 
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