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Boomkat Product Review:
The sonic universe that they inhabit is an increasingly crowded one, but Zombi aren't about to let their thunder be stolen by young upstarts like Xander Harris and Umberto. These guys are old hands, and when it comes to creating fizzing electro that summons amyl-fuelled hi-NRG and Italian horror soundtracks alike, they're often imitated but rarely bettered. Escape Velocity is their seventh (mini)album proper, and from the moment the needle drops onto THE opener and title track, you know it's on: full-fat, pulsing synth arpeggios kept in check by live drums that exhume the furious, first-pumping corpse of EBM. It's a back-to-basics approach and it works a treat. The misleadingly titled 'Slow Oscillations' is probably the best thing on here, rain-soaked synth melodies aquaplaning at high-speed across hissing and hiccupping percussion. From there we traverse the tough 'n taut 'Shrunken Head', most evocative of early Detroit techno and wistful British synth-pop, and the pumping Moroder tribute 'DE3', before 'Time Of Troubles' provides a stirringly melancholic denouement, in the process reminding us of both that quality DFA 12" by Walter Jones from a coupla years back and (weirdly) the lo-fi hi-hop auterism of Clams Casino. As ever, what makes Zombi stand out is the palpable sincerity and passion that goes into their creations, even when those creations are as camp as the proverbial row of tents. Long may they prosper.