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4.0 out of 5 stars Heading for a new Kele solo record
While the opening track and first single off the EP Ratchet is probably closest to their latest album Four with its frantic math rock beat, songs like Obscene or Montreal drop all the instruments for synthesizers. This takes Bloc Party back to their Intimacy days and finally Kele’s solo album The Boxer.

Obscene is a slow ballad that was recorded...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Album sleeve bent!!
I have never received a more thrased album in the mail before.
Very unhappy about this. It should have been MINT condition. It arrived as VG condition.
Poor packing made it look 30 years old. But hey, vinyl is old???
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heading for a new Kele solo record, 19 Aug 2014
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indieisnotagenre (Berlin, Deutschland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Nextwave Sessions [VINYL] (Vinyl)
While the opening track and first single off the EP Ratchet is probably closest to their latest album Four with its frantic math rock beat, songs like Obscene or Montreal drop all the instruments for synthesizers. This takes Bloc Party back to their Intimacy days and finally Kele’s solo album The Boxer.

Obscene is a slow ballad that was recorded electronically in its entirety. The music is very basic with just a clap-hands beat and a repeating synth pattern and thus essentially rests on Kele’s vocals. As such it’s closer to Kele’s Yesterday’s Gone or The New Rules from his 2010 solo album. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as those are all great songs in their own right but what I’m missing here is the band. Obscene is a Kele rather than a Bloc Party song. If you listen to them in a row you would hardly notice that Obscene isn’t on his solo album.

French Exit kicks things up a notch. It takes Bloc Party back to the math rock heyday of Silent Alarm and its latter-day revival on their most recent record Four.

Montreal is a striking example of how Bloc Party are capable of crafting beautiful ballads. Similar to Obscene it uses very basic drum and guitar patterns the main difference being that it features actual instruments and background vocals provided by the band whereas Obscene could have easily been recorded by Kele alone.

Children Of The Future rounds off the EP. The opening guitar riff and drums immediately reminded me of The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1979. It’s a song about the children being the future and the next wave (which probably give the EP its name) and how they are not to repeat the mistakes of the current generation. I’m really not a fan of such blatant harmonic lyrics and they seem a bit out of character for Bloc Party and Kele who usually provides us with much more ingenious lyrics. Despite the (probably unintended) Pumpkins allusion this song is certainly the weakest on the record.

All in all, The Nextwave Sessions is a solid EP that continues where Four left off without sounding like a collection of b-sides. I think this might be the last Bloc Party release for a while (if you discount the possible remixes, b-sides and live recordings) but it already shows where things are headed… towards a new Kele solo record.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is it with this band?, 29 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Nextwave Sessions [Explicit] (MP3 Download)
Bloc Party at their quirky hard edge best, then they go and take another break!
Hopefully they will return soon and continue from where this ep ended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just getting better & better, 2 Sep 2013
This review is from: Nextwave Sessions [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Four is a grower & pulls you in further with each listen but if this is any indication then things are just going to get better. Ratchet in particular is one of the best tracks from them yet, a perfect combination of dance & indie reminiscent of Dizzee - bonkers / Wiley - Rolex but very track just gets better with every listen. Vinyl sounds super quiet as well. If only they'd reissue Silent Alarm on vinyl!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New And Fresh, 22 Aug 2013
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Great to hear more new music from the almighty Bloc Party:) This is a 5 track EP which has some truley haunting new and fresh music from the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloc get better and remain on track., 21 Aug 2013
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I have been a solid fan of the Bloc since Silent Alarm and have to say im very impressed with this EP a great combination of all their previous stuff but with a closer matchup of Intimacy Vs Four. Get it if your a Vet-you wont be dissapointed!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Album sleeve bent!!, 31 Oct 2013
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I have never received a more thrased album in the mail before.
Very unhappy about this. It should have been MINT condition. It arrived as VG condition.
Poor packing made it look 30 years old. But hey, vinyl is old???
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