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White Car is the pseudonym of a certain Elon Katz. I've never encountered his work before, but what we've got on this record is weird mutant late night techno with submerged vocals, pulsing beats and minimal synth work. It's the kind of sound that the likes of Not Not Fun and 100% Silk have been making fashionable of late, with quite bouncy almost Italo beats offsetting the distorted, processed vocals and stuttering, paranoid melodies, often with a primal electro pulse driving things forward in an almost Krauty fashion. In fact there's subtle influences coming in from all over the place...I'm hearing elements of The Cure, Herbie Hancock, Public Image Ltd, New Order, Ministry, even a touch of Was Not Was in 'The Factor'. There's plenty of pure '80s synth tones here but the wonky, submerged way they've been constructed means that this particular sonic burrito never tastes reheated. My attention has been held right up to the weirdly upbeat minimal shuffle of closer 'Now We Continue', with Mamouna-era Bryan Ferry-esque vocals and vintage drum machine sounds that recall Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit'. I like how affectionately the influences here have been combined without things getting overly busy or hard work. Although it is generally a dark record there's a real playfulness and lightness of touch to it that's very hard to resist. Masterful late night listening from this bedroom techno maestro.
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