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Sorry to break the news if you weren’t aware but, following the death of Gabriel “Gabi” Delgado in March, 2020, ‘Nur Noch Einer’ is the first posthumous record by EBM pioneers DAF
Fair enough we were distracted in March, 2020, but the arch lyricist of DAF deserves a heartfelt R.I.P. from us all, and gets a proper testament to his energies in this album, constructed by his bandmate Robert Görl from unused sequences written during their ‘80s heyday and stored on airtight tapes ever since. Kinda heartbreakingly, Robert and Gabi planned to reprise their legendary duo in the studio only just prior to his sudden death, but Robert continues the band’s unceasing drive here, resulting a fitting tribute to their game-changing and eternally compelling tekkers.
Under a title translating to ‘Down To One’, Görl takes on both his typical production role, as well as vocals, with studio assistance provided by Sylvie Marks. While the vox may not have Gabi’s raunch, they still channel his spirit and come perfectly placed in the music’s matrix of sleekly taut and propulsive drum machines and sinuous, tendon twang arps. perhaps purposefully, they refrain from dating the original sequences, but an educated guess would place them around the time of the band’s first reunion in 1986, as they possibly betray hits of the acid house sound that Görl would pursue soon after that phase, especially on the gunky drive of ‘Loslassen’ , but we could be wrong, and it could all come from any point between 1980 and ‘1st Step To Heaven.’