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- Commodified by NRSB-11
8/10 Finlay Shakespeare Customer review, 10th August 2014
Abstract electro heroes Sherard Ingram (aka DJ Stingray, Mystic Tribe AI) and Gerald Donald (of Drexciya, Dopplereffekt, Der Zyklus and Arpanet fame, amongst others) present their first full-length collaboration under the NRSB-11 moniker. Following their teasingly brief, self-titled EP, "Commodified" picks up exactly where the duo left off - cold, clinical and even minimal at times, but still with a great heap of funk and fluidity throughout the tracks.
With additional vocals, simply credited to "Penelope", the NRSB album casts a cynical view of modern commercial and capitalist organisations. This can be seen from the track titles alone - "Consumer Programming", "Dead Civilization" and "Industrial Espionage" to name a few. Newcomers to either Ingram's or Donald's work are bound to find likenesses between their work and that of original pioneers', Kraftwerk, both musically and thematically. However, the Detroit duo typically bring a darker side to their electro productions in terms of sound and social outlook. Every so often, their work can become somewhat cliched for doing so, but typically makes for more interesting listening. Both Kraftwerk and Drexciya fans should, without doubt, have this LP in their collection. Otherwise, you're missing out on a killer collection of electro tracks, cut straight from the prime of two Detroit pioneers.
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