...and of course with the classics
K-X-P might be one of the closest things to the dark dance scene of the eighties. In fact, I'd expect pretty much every song from this album to appear on a 'New Wave Club Classix' compilation. Opening with the gloomy 'Winner' and the highly energetic 'Freeway', I'm almost certain that this could be a compilation on it's own. DAF, Cabaret Voltaire, Vomito Negro, Suicide, 23 Skidoo... they all come to mind at some point. 'Air Burial' even takes me back to ancient Ministry, mixed with Jane's Addiction.
And then there's the dynamic, almost shoegazing rocker 'To Believe'. Man, if I would still be doing my 'Goths Go Gaga' parties, this track would go right into my playlist. I can already imagine the dancefloor being filled by ecstatic girls in black dresses, seemingly hovering above the floor. Yeah, sometimes there was a little magic on those nights. Besides 'Sub Goblin' would be a nice early-in-the-morning piece of electronic minimalism and 'Siren' would end the party, Vangelis meets a gritty Diary Of Dreams style.
But there's more to this than just a reincarnation of the dark eighties scene. This music sounds fresh, a bit harsh and unpolished, which is a nice contradiction from most of today's dance scenes where everything sounds robotic and mechanical, soulless even. K-X-P, on the other hand, sounds organic, deeply personal and maybe at times a bit erotic. I can't help it, but this made me pretty damn nostalgic.