"Black Toys" CD
Genres: electronica, techno, club
You remember "Kernkraft 400", I won't get into that... but who knew
years later this German-only release on UKW Records (whatever that is)
would trickle down to the Indieville Ears of Justice. Well it's no
EMF comeback but I'll give it a whirl
But first - who IS Zombie Nation? The man behind the Mexican
wrestling mask is DJ Splank, or Florian Senfter
ZN used to take the form of a duo including Mooner (Emanuel
Guenther). Following "Kernkraft 400" and its corresponding
album, the mouthful-of-a-title Leichenschmaus (only released in
Germany), they put out a series of lesser-known singles and an album
called Absorber. Now it's 2006 and it's time for Black Toys
to be showered onto the world in shrouds of
glory and fanfare and excitement. You get the picture.
And hey, since their little stadium mega-hit Zombie Nation
have really honed their skills. Black Toys is electronic music done
well, club stuff that doesn't embarrass itself... I'm reminded of Mr.
Oizo a lot on this disc, especially in the grimy beats of the
title cut and "Talks." "Booster" and "Slomo", meanwhile, remind me
more so of the disco-like flare of old-school Daft Punk.
Meanwhile, excursions like squiggly "Squid," dirty vocal-laced "Don't
Touch," and eclectic and somewhat experimental "Monolove" add
diversity to this jam-packed albeit slightly disjointed album. "Paang
Paang" (a Sven Vath favourite) is saved for late in the disc,
and it really helps keep the momentum alive - its delicious sample and
gushing bassline make it the record's obvious highpoint. A ten-minute
"Orange Mix" of the title-track, meanwhile, closes out the album on a
more avant-garde note.
Black Toys is the type of club
record I like - one that has appeal off of the dancefloor as well as
Fun Fact: Zombie
Nation is the name of a NES videogame from 1990 (based in the
futuristic world of 1999.) According to wikipedia, "The game is
considered to be extremely bizarre, as the playing character is a
giant floating zombie head who shoots eyeballs and vomit as a weapon."
here. Interestingly, ZN's hit song "Kernkraft 400" takes
its melody from another videogame, the Commodore 64's Lazy Jones
[Vitals: 12 tracks, 70:44,
released Nov 6 2006]