By DJ Rivithead
NamNamBulu, crushing dancefloors worldwide,
have comprised a CD full of synthpop goodness. Expansion has shown the
bands' maturity in sound and composition. It's funny when I first heard the
band I wasn't really grabbed by their sound, but after a couple of listens
can't do without them. Catchy rhythms, upbeat tempos and all the emotion one
could expect from such an outing.
The CD is comprised of eleven tracks and each as good as the
next. The signature sound of NNB is one that many bands will be influenced by
years to come. It's a great treat to be able to review this disc, especially
after reviewing so many noise CDs. With that being said we'll delve into
Faces starts the disc off with the traditional
dancefloor grooves this genre is so well known for. Stomping beats and
delightful synth structures. Four on the floor bass with up-tempo synthpop
similar to the Apoptygma boys, although I find NNB a lot more enjoyable than
the APB outfit. Mind blowing production work on sound. Game comes in at
number two on our journey into Expansion. The intro comes in nicely,
leading you into another floor pounder. The CD, the more I listen to it, can
only be described as Nilaihah's best release to date
possibly the best
outfit on the label at this point. The game of life is what the content is
describing in this track and its well written. I might add that Vasi has
a way with words. The music is pretty and uplifting with a dark side that is
somewhat covered by the glitz of dancefloor rhythms.
Zeit follows suit, sung in German and adding the
ethnic diversity here. Flowing synthpop that may make other bands jealous of
the boost of real perfection that only NNB can provide. Forgiving takes
the sound to another level as :SITD: pays a visit to give the track a
more aggressive edge vocally. I couldn't even picture Vasi doing the hard vocal
approach but add :sitd: and a new sound emerges. A great collaboration with
bubbly synth washes and pounding beats. Nice work guys!
Perspective comes in at number five. Almost starting
off as if you were about to expect Funkervogt to come on, but NamNamBulu
crashes through the front door with yet another electro masterpiece. Expansion
includes one awesome track after another and this one no exception, keeping the
beat fresh and jumping.
Coming in a little harder on the industrial tip on this one,
Transcending adds a swap of synths perhaps, but has a more aggressive
sound emanating from the speakers. Bumping up the BPMs, Faces (WHS
Remix) keeps a solid backbeat and adds a little more lead synth in the mix.
The Forgiving (Transformation Remix) adds a little
delay to the :SITD: vocals and sinks it a bit deeper into the mix.
Although a great remix, the original is better in my opinion. A Memories
(Club Remix) chimes in at number nine and keeps the beat pumping. Uptempo
synthpop with elements of Tampa style breakbeat added to the mix giving it a
sound capable of crossing subcultures in may genres. Surviving (Synth Amok
Remix) Im not familiar with the original unfortunately, so we
have to review this as the song at hand. The beat is solid, the content is
emotional and heartfelt as only Vasi can conjure up. The elements of trance,
breakbeat and synthpop make this band one of the top picks right now.
NamNamBulu have created another fine gem. Not one track
should be skipped. My thanks to the label for sending Legends this CD and my
apologies for not getting to the other NNB CD I was supposed to review before
this one. It unfortunately got damaged in storage in my closet much to my
dissatisfaction as I was so looking forward to listening to it and adding it to
my collection along with this disc, so on that note "Sorry guys." This is
synthpop at it's best. Grab em while they last.
Post: PO Box 82614, Columbus, OH, 43202-0614, USA
Phone: (614) 297-7009
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