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Temple / Tranquil

Primarily known as a master of energetic Italo euphoria, Hysteric shuns the dancefloor here, slowing the tempo for a couple of swooning sample-based tracks that should delight anyone on a Balearic tip. A million miles away from his frothy rockers on Public Possession, "Temple" treats us to subtle percussion idents, mystic synth licks and a slow and steady drum box beat. Evocative and immersive, this sounds exactly like you're lurking in the undergrowth staring at an 8-bit altar. Over on the flip, "Tranquil" gets this week's Ronseal award, serving up a dreamy leadline, pastoral accompaniment and a laid back groove. Slip your moorings and float on by amigo.


Patrick says: Hysteric takes a break from Italo heaters here, opting instead to cool us down with a couple of exotic, esoteric grooves steeped in Eastern spices. Brilliantly Balearic...

After at least one week away from the release sheets, Australia's prolific king of Italo foth makes a welcome return to Violette Szabo with four more sensual DJ cuts! If you like your synth-pop and Italo sweet, sleazy and appropriately cheesy, this is the deep digger you turn to - and once again Hysteric comes through with the goods. "Moonlight" opens the set in dramatic fashion, merging swooning sequences, hypnotic percussion and distorted guitar into the kind of thing you'd expect to hear in straight to TV teen drama from 1986. Throw in some totally ridiculous vocals (sample lyric..."What's the worth of my bohemian charm, when all the girls lay in someone else's arms") and you're away, mopping your brow with a sweatband and dancing into the distance. The cinematic feel continues with "Voix", a emotional pop peach with precise woodblocks, bubbling synth bass and slick guitar licks. After a slow and steady build, the tension breaks and the track segues into some spoken French vocals dripping with Gallic charm. Skip to the flip and "F.F." brings the drama for the Bboys out there, delivering heavy bass sounds, metallic synth percussion and Miami Vice style guitar. If you've planning on taking your sports car for a sunset spin anytime soon, I'd suggest this as the soundtrack. Last but not least, "Vocoder Lady" is a dreamy, nearly Balearic disco cut, complete with snapping snare, bouncy bass and you guessed it, vocoder. Here for a good time, not a long time, so snap a copy up sharpish.

Bahnsteig 23 continue to march through EBM, new beat and euro-disco territories with glee; enlisting antipodean Italo maestro Hysteric for excursion forty one on the label. Taking a more playful and fun route than some of the dark throbbers that previously graced the label, "Satellite" kicks things off with deadpan male & female vocals rubbing up against funky clav lines and a reggae-flavoured, offbeat guitar rhythm. "Fate" is the most traditional, electro-disco flavoured number here, with gated arps and gated drums taking a mid-tempo cruise into discoball abandon. "Etrange" deploys proper quirky synthlines and fluttering fx before a tongue-in-cheek French vocal rides the beat. "Pulse" concludes with some wigged out bleeps paired nicely with live drums and some buzzing leads. Strung out n sloppy but still shooting from the hip. 

Mothball's man from down under George Hysteric is right in the middle of a particularly livid purple patch at the moment, making sine waves all over the globe with his recent mix and EP for Public Possession and that blood sucking edit on Salamanca everyone's been hammering of late. After a trailblazing European tour as part of the Bordello A Parigi crew, George took some pointers from E.T. and phoned home, preparing his studio for a frenzied return. Here, Hysteric follows up Mysidian's debut release "Italo-Record" with 5 extraterrestrial edits that'll make for a great soundtrack to your exit from Planet Earth and return to your home-planet. "Silly Confusion" sets phasers to stun with a playful sci fi vocal, bubbling bass sequence and theremin leadline, before blasting off into unknown territories thanks to an uber camp vocal. George keeps us rocking on the A2 with the jaunty synth disco groove of "Badaduba", a gurgling cut which propels us through distant wormholes. The B-side opens in a cool, calm and romantic AOR disco mood thanks to "Midnite Dancer", a country-tinged sci fi love song which I'm almost certain I've heard on Smooth FM. Next up Antilles, possibly named after Luke Skywalker's buddy Wedge, merges rock drums, prog chords and analogue synths to take us on a heroic voyage through the upper stratosphere. Last but not least, "E.T." bounces out of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland with a killer 80s pop groove, sweet vamps and some truly out of this world vocal pitch shifting.

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