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Retro Activity

Sweet Exorcist
7 Nov. 2011 | Format: MP3

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7:44
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7:47
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7:47
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7:58
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5:07
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6:38
Disc 2
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10:33
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6:23
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4:31
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6:58
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6:04
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8:32
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8:03
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4:30
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Release Date: 7 Nov. 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warp Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Warp Records Limited
  • Total Length: 2:31:24
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  • ASIN: B00635P18M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,384 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
RetroActivity is kind of a deluxe re-issue of the first ever Warp Records LP (well, more a mini-album really), "Clonk's Coming" by Sweet Exorcist. This new version includes everything the duo ever released for the label, plus 5 previously unreleased mixes.

The 2CD is sequenced in strict chronological order - so the first disc contains all mixes and B-sides of both singles - "Testone" and "Clonk" - and it is not until disc 2 that we get to the original album (tracks 1-7). Consequently, it's not a particularly easy listen for the uninitiated. A further word of warning is that the entire double CD (all 150 minutes of it) consists of 23 variations of a mere 3 separate pieces of music, being "Test", "Clonk" and "Jack".

So what is it about "Clonk's Coming" then?

Well it's an object lesson in minimalism. As the record progresses, we get to hear the same tracks being broken down, rearranged and built back up again using the same main elements, as the two Richards - Kirk (of Cabaret Voltaire) and Barratt (of The Funky Worm and others) tread the very fine line between cool and avant-garde. Special mention must also be made of Robert Gordon, whose mixes of "Testone" and "Clonk" gave the whole project a very slight commercial edge - appealing to a much wider and younger audience and not just the hardcore Cabs fans. Gordon's mix of "Testfour" is perhaps the killer track that, even today, pretty much blows everything else away...although, "Kick Jack" (which has no credited input from Rob Gordon) runs it very close.

Whilst the album (if you can even call "Clonk's Coming" an album) is arguably not quite the sonic landmark that was 808 State's
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