Boomkat Product Review:
Elena Colombi’s Osàre! Editions grip The Spy for a hot blooded fusion of coldwave electro and cybernetic techno styles comparable to Gesloten Cirkel, Beau Wanzer, early Jasss
Known as Wessel Janssen to the feds, The Spy is a vehicle for sharply effective club subterfuge that rudely resinates with Osàre! Editions by L/F/D/M and the coarser ends of Free Range. It’s club music underpinned by a conceptual thrust, but not overbearingly so, resulting in a versatile session suited to adrenalising your commute as much as sending bodies into a spin on the ‘floor.
The rusted klang of ‘Cobra’ bites first, leading to gnashing electro trills akin to Gesloten Cirkel in the fierce title tune and ‘Turn You Over’, whereas ‘Liar’ steps it up to strain EBM levels recalling Sumerian Fleet, and ‘Nooit Meer’ slithers on the offbeat like a stray Dutch ‘80s bullet. ‘Cigarette’ is perhaps the most direct and sorest example of their biting point tang in effect on a Beau Wanzer-type stomp, and ‘Outsider’ puckers up a salty kiss of Bunker bombed electro.