Boomkat Product Review:
First vinyl run for Foxxy zingers ‘Miss Machinery’ and ‘Burning Car’, highlighted along with more early/instrumental/alternative gems from 2018’s ‘Metamatic’ boxset to mark the project’s 40th anniversary
Spanning 15 cold cuts of classically future-proofed synth-pop, ‘Concrete and Organised Noise’ fetches some of the strongest bonus material associated with John Fox’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Metamatic’ (1979/1980), which is regularly hailed as a cornerstone of ‘80s synth music and far beyond. Where ‘Metamatic’ was flawless in execution, it makes sense that the surrounding material was very almost up to par, and this LP spotlights a wealth of material that would have made a fine LP in its own right at the time. These are certainly not offcuts but an sister album in their own right.
As we already said, his quicksilver stepper ‘Miss Machinery’ is an absolute doozy, coming off like some prototype ghetto-tech goth stepper with its sizzling rhythms and sleek, cybergothic synth contours topped by a puckered vocal, while his 1980 single ‘Burnign Car’ appears in a fizzing Early Version, and it’s hard to ignore the magnetic attraction of his metallic Alternative version for ‘Mr. No’, and the peerless synth sound design tekkers modelled in the beatless drone of ‘The Uranium Committee’, and Dopplereffekt heads will get a lot out of the lustrous, searching arps in ‘Glimmer (Alternative Version)’ and the sci-fi dread of ‘Critical Mass’.
Pretty much essential for all vinyl fiend synth-pop connoisseurs!