Boomkat Product Review:
Vlad Ivkovic’s Offen Music go New Beat/EBM with typically discerning taste - no nougat beat! - delivering deadly cuts from TPPM and AtB’s An Anomaly project - big RIYL Dirk Desaever/White House White/ A Thunder Orchestra
Tapping deep into the throbbing vein of the late ‘80s Belgian dance music phenomenon, adjacent to Chicago, UK, and Frankfurt styles, An Anomaly hold the mayo for seven serious shots of the dark and kinky stuff that we fucking adore over here. Steering wide of the style’s more commercial strains, they lay the kicks, snares, and claps down cold and rigid but infectiously funky in each part, with requisite amounts of monk chants and gloaming pads that properly get us going.
‘Concrete Chorus’ kicks off with a driving swang and munted vox, ‘Eye 4 An Eye’ keeps it up on dead ahead jack, and ‘Linear Minded’ takes it down to authentically slow mode with creepy acid jabs, where ’Sky 13’ recalls Chrismar Chayell’s sultrier moments. The militant snares ‘Velocity Decadent Skies’ has got my Aeron bouncing, and the tickled rimshots and breezy pipes of ‘Sunset Storming Heaven on LSD’ are right up our alley.