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Review: 'Neuzeitliche Bodenbelage'
'Der Grosse Preis'   

-  Label: 'Tapete Records/Bureau B'
-  Genre: 'Dance' -  Release Date: '13.11.20.'

Our Rating:
This is the debut album by Neuzeitliche Bodenblage a German duo comprising of Niklas Wandt and Joshua Gottmanns who recorded most of this album in an off season hotel beside Lake Constance that I picture being a bit like The Overlook in The Shining.

The album opens with a gentle pulsing sound that grows and evolves into Grosse Preis (Grand Prize) as a voice over style vocals come in, that my rudimentary German has no idea what any of the lyrics are about so I may get imaginative on that front, the music feels like early 70's synth soundtrack music with the voiceover depicting the action on the screen whatever it might be.

Gelb's Groove (FT Sam IRL) sounds like it's sampling Kraftwerk do make a fairly laid back soulful dance tune with lots of bright flourishes of sound from the synths and Sam Irl whispering the lyrics in your ears in a reasonably seductive way.

Haare isn't quite a Hare Krishna chant but it does have some of that sort of repetitive mantra like qualities to this squelchy wonky synth sort of pop that uses some very early 80's sounding computer effects that in places sound quite cartoonish.

Keramik & Konflikte could well be about eating in an old school Greek restaurant where they smash plates, but sounds more laid back almost like a Germanic Blancmange until the instrumental bit in the middle that fuses classical parts to insistent snare pattern to end up feeling quite dream-like.

Marktplatz got rid of a cold caller in under 10 seconds on being turned up loud, while sounding like early 80's cartoon music, I don't think they liked the bass pulse that sounds pretty cool to me as I try to imagine what's going down in Marktplatz this time and what they've just scored in the far corner that's making them walk like that.

Maske sounds a bit like they have re-worked the music to Love Don't Live Here Anymore and mixed it with some Hans Lundin samples to come up with something catchy and slightly off centre in a quite cool way.

Rausfahr'n closes the album like they have just crawled out of a club in Charlottenburg at 6am and one of them is babbling away about something or other while this music makes them stagger down the Strasse in search of an early morning pretzel or two before they collapse. It has quite a spaced out feel to it and may owe a thing or two to Yello it's an interesting way to close the album, I wish I understood the lyrics as I know I would get more from it.

Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/neuzeitlicheb https://shop.tapeterecords.com/records/bureaub/neuzeitliche-bodenbelaege.html

  author: simonovitch

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