Boomkat Product Review:
Emotional Rescue dive into Vox Populi!’s sprawling, psychedelic catalogue, come out clutching Magiques Creations as the 1st of two newly issued, archival pearls. This set essentially scans 1984-1989 to compile a sort of pre-echo of their classic Aither album, pulling cuts from an Untitled  tape and tracks made circa their cult classic Half-Dead ganja Music. Make sure to check for the cosmic swagger of Tchi Tchi Vox, the paralytic ambience of Nazareman, and the exquisite, Pump-meets-Maria Minerva quaaludes descent, Bedroud. Cracking set, this. Roll on the 2nd…
“Self-labeled as an ethno-industrial project, Vox Populi!’s recordings act as a document of the bridge between their earlier industrial influenced output through to a more cerebral, ethnic oeuvre. The collection highlights the movement through 1985’s Myscitismes and 1987’s Half Dead Ganja Music towards Aither, with a darker, edgier sound mixed with increasingly lighter, ethereal touches.
On pieces like Joue Joue, Miss October and Ankaboot the synergy is apparent. Mithra’s vocals align with organ and synthesiser to set gothic-noir scenes, while the heavy kick of Tchi Tchi Vox and Jube Man, with sax and distortion clearly pre-dating Aither, propel to the more experimental DJs. Against this Nazareman, Bedroud and Deltangui explore the increasily ethno side of the band.
As the album unfolds however, it’s not about single pieces, but a cohesive whole and the process and flow. Ethnic influences float around rhythm box, as hand percussion, guitar, tar and tapes warm the mind and lilting vocals seep inside.
The collective nature of the band’s recording is witnessed, but the pieces work together perfectly. The process of making music, constantly evolving a sound of their own has left a trove of music to examine. Working closely with Axel and Mithra some thirty years later brings out it’s own vibrations.
Ancient flights remembered.”