In which a pair of Italians cover / re-work / significantly adapt the music of famed horror soundtracker John Carpenter. Crimea X’s approach is to disco-up the pieces, giving them a satisfyingly weird mixed vibe. Incubo sintetico - Crimea X Plays Carpenter is pressed to red vinyl and out on the To Lose La Track label.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 13 May 2015
For those of you who like John Carpenter, but have always felt his limb-tearing, blood-misplacing synth terrors would be of better use in a downbeat techno version of Saturday Night Fever where everyone is having a nice time… this is for you, I guess? For ‘Incubo Sintetico’, a couple of Italian producers known as Crimea X have sourced Carpenter material and reworked it into something slightly more playful and airy, as if opening the airlock on Carpenter’s suffocatingly composed and produced works.
The results are tantalizing, actually: where Carpenter’s macabre sounds often feel overloud and melodramatic in the hands of their maker, here they get tempered and crystallised. “Christine” still buzzes with a disastrous synth bluster but the beats snap, crackle and pop like they’re opening up an empty dancefloor; steamy percussive sounds roll in, giving more sense of place than the lack thereof that Carpenter favours.
“Napoleon” is devoted to Carpenter, its downbeat electronic calibration of beats and minimal instrumentation sounding sneaky and carnivorous. Flutes dance around death with synth that sounds proctored to Boards of Canada’s level, but that isn’t as constant, nor as comforting. It feels eerily anonymous, “The Fog” is the most obtrusive, evil track they try on, but the synth goes on to create a warm and loving farewell. Crimea X can run in place with the mischievous Carpenter, but they feel a tenderness in his music too.
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