It has been a long wait since Rewind, technology has moved on a lot since and thankfully we now have a DVD of videos instead of a CR-ROM. Why have I made such a big deal about this? Quite simply because Hexstatic are very much a compelete audio-visual experience. Once you've watched the DVD, you'll almost feel cheated out of half of the experience when you just listen to the CD.
So the DVD is good, not just a bonus but an integral part of the package. The 3D glasses that come with it aren't so hot and gave me a bit of a headache to be honnest, but there are 2D videos of all the tracks so you can watch it in a group without all having to look silly.
On to the music. Well despite the 3D glasses I'm prepared to say that this album isn't as gimmicky as Rewind. I mean that in the sense that although their music is still littered with novelty samples, it's now not so much the main focus of the music. The result is that things seem a little less chaotic and even a little more chilled out at times on such tracks as the remix of Guitar Vader's Perfect Bird and the closing track, Pulse. In all, losing the more raw cut'n'paste usage of sampling, Hexstatic have come up with something that sounds more rounded and complete and once again quite original. While it's not as funky as their Solid Steel set or their first album, I still find myself nodding contently to the beats on each listen.
It still has a geeky stance on computers and electronics, but that's what Hexstatic are all about. Top stuff!