In the year 2019, a group of scientists will congregate in a laboratory illuminated by flashing strobes and hammer their way through an analysis of Electroclash, the movement that broke a few thousand hearts and uplifted just as many souls in the early 'Noughties. Which Electroclash albums were made to last the course, and which deserved binning five minutes after the hysteria died down? Miss Kittin will be up there, no problems, Adult and Ladytron can count themselves entered into the classic album category and Dopplereffekt will just scrape through the pearly gates on the strength of their early material. Ellen Allien? Jury's out. But bye bye to ARE Weapons, Ping Pong Bitches, DJ Tiga, WIT et al, it was fun at the time but now you're just fading memories. And Peaches, enjoy the mainstream while you can, saddo.
Luckily this CD here falls into the former category, it's a superb slice of electropop that retains a unique individual sound and style. Picks are 'Neighbour' which reminds me of a more freaked-out Soft Cell and the heart-achingly beautiful 'Go', a song about escape, running away 'so you can't even call me on the phone'. Just split up with a partner? Then play this one. But luckily TokTok's sublime music and Soffy O's cynical (but not clinical) vocal style prevent this from descending into twee mush.
Definitely get this album, it's to 2003 what 'Light and Magic' by Ladytron was to 2002, if you get my drift. Don't be scared off by the Electroclash tag, as Toktok vs. Soffy O isn't a result of jumping aboard the bandwagon, they're already miles ahead anyway.And yes, I'll miss Electroclash immensely, even the rubbish bands (for a while at least) but this will serve as a great piece of Nostalgia when I'm senile and dribbling.