Boomkat Product Review:
Celebrated French cat Joakim has been relatively quiet of late, presumably working on this, his follow-up to 2007's entertaining 'Monster & Silly Songs'. That album received a lot of attention, but 'Milky Ways' is due to improve on that with an expanded set of reference points apparently influenced by his, and his band's instrumental maturity while on tour. Joakim no longer sound like just one artist from DFA, they now sound like all of them at once, covering almost as many styles in this album as the label does in a year. 'Back To Wilderness' starts with trippy psychedelia before regressing into Goblin styled drama-funk fuzz, 'Ad Me' switches from Krautrock to disco at the flick of a button, 'Spiders' nails new wave to electro-pop and 'Glossy Papers' gets the studio blues effect. The impressive Chris & Cosey influences of 'Medusa' work brilliantly while 'Little Girl' finishes with a stoically jaunty krautrock number. The execution and breadth of scope are impressive and should appeal to fans of Versatile's other Kraut-heads Zombie Zombie or even Goblin.