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Reviewed by alan, Se7en Review
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Given to me awhile back from a local DJ, Barkett from Washington DC. I had to make a small shout out about this weird, goofy and cynical project entitles "Boole". Composed by three Barketts: JJ, Brad and Mike. Well when first looking at the funny live pictures and poor graphics layout on the back of this cd, you might not know what to think. But after listening just to the first few tracks I can say this guy knows how to program very catchy and solid electro-oriented structures. Maybe it was the mastering by Phil Easter at Malignant Sound Technologies? Think PsychicTV, not their sound, but their concept behind people and their willingness to obey and conform to music without question. Anyways, this release deals with strange phenomena and sarcastically plays with those themes using titles such as "Disco Vampire", "Kraftjob", and "Giant Robots". There are a variety of pretentious vocal stylings from the clean and 80's-esq on "Voyeur" to the Bee Gee's vocals on "Disco Vampire" or vocoder effex on "Subversitech".
As for the programming styles, it displays a range within the electro genre. Tracks such as "Kraftjob" use haujobb meet kraftwerk structuring with more upbeat technoid elements. This is definitely a nice club-friendly track with pleasant programming.
"ExPatriot" throws down distorted erratic beat structures messed with simple synth streams and patches with occasional samples. "Giant robots" crosses over poor guitar riffs with technoid beats, maybe a stab at with white zombie? "Panic" takes Morrisey's late hit to the techno bars with a vocoded vocals approach; I'm sure even he would get a good laugh out of, but I still like the original better. And then we have my favorite just for laughs, "streetbeater2". I will have to admit, this track is funny as hell, mocking and playing with the voices and music of your favorite television show when you were growing up - "Sanford & Son." The last track listerd, "Kaizen," sounds like a samurai was thrown into a techno arena and forced to break down some rhythms; the samples alone are hilarious. The last hidden track mocks bad rap artists and the music behind it, a nice ending to a release that could quite possibly work well with parties or anytime you might want a good laugh.- alan