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Boomkat Product Review:
Has it really been eight years since the last Michael Fakesch solo album? It seems almost yesterday when 'Marion' was gracing our stereos with its clipped idm sounds and peculiarly infectious melodies. Since then Funkstörung, the German musician's primary project (which saw him team up with Chris De Luca) has split, and since Fakesch describes the split as 'like a divorce' it can't have been easy on the old creative juices. Well, surprisingly, this latest from Fakesch is a relatively upbeat affair as he shakes off the emotive and glitchy shackles of his label and previous incarnations and attempts a technological re-embodiment of Prince. Do you remember the scene in Moonwalker when Michael Jackson turns into a super robot? Well apart from the fact that it's totally genius (and cost a lot if I remember right) this really sums up 'Dos' for me, except it's not Michael Jackson, it's prince, and he's a robot as imagined by the tech heads of the 90s. It's the sort of album that by attempting to sound new and futuristic actually sounds dated before the album's even finished - that's not to say it's bad, far from it - some of the songs are brilliantly executed and Fakesch hammers the point home very well, but if you want to hear Prince, what's wrong with Prince? Many comparisons have been made to Justin Timberlake also, but where Timberlake has Timberland on call to make beats as genuinely forward-facing as 'My Love' and 'Sexyback', there is little as arresting throughout the fifteen tracks on offer here. All in all though, quite a surprisingly enjoyable effort, well worth investigating if you're an avid follower of Funkstorung or, indeed, Prince.