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ZEA – One Bomb Fits All (Transformed Dreams)

Posted: August 13th, 2005, by Marceline Smith

Remix projects are always a bit odd, especially those that try to bridge the gap between indie and dance. I’m not too familiar with Zea, a Dutch electro pop duo, but this is some line up of remixers, a quadruple A side 12″ of international talent. The 1-Speed Bike remix is massive breakneck jittery glitch techno with one of the nastiest and catchiest basslines I’ve heard in a while. In all honesty this would have been better with less of the indie vocals. Surprising for a sometime member of Godspeed but marvellously so. Similarly surprising are Melt-Banana with an out of character, delicately restrained piece that seems to build on the original rather than remove and replace. On the other side Jason Forrest aka Donna Summer feeds things through some banging techno with hints of sweetness peering through breaks in the madness. Felix Kubin finishes things on a downbeat note with beats and brass before going a bit nutso with weirdy electro and distorted vocals. So, I loved this but it’ll be 1-Speed Bike and Felix Kubin I’m excited to hear more from before some Zea originals. Probably not the intended result.

Transformed Dreams

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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