Kittin + The Hacker: Third Album (Nobody’s Bizzness, 2022)

March 31, 2022 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Kittin + The Hacker: Third Album

Back in action after two Dark Entries-issued collections of lost tracks, Kittin + The Hacker return with their first album since 2009. Neither artist stopped putting out quality solo work, but this release just compounds the fact that they’ve always been on top of their game. Far removed from the electroclash hype circa 2001, this is just a solid collection of minimal synth, EBM, and electro tracks with tough, no-nonsense beats and inimitable vocals. “La Cave” and “Ostbanhof” deliver tinny drum machines, doomy synths, and spoken verses, while “Retrovision” is closer to technicolor Detroit electro, with fearless vocals nodding to Aphex Twin (“Selected ambient always works”). “Purist” is more of a longing club anthem, fusing house and Italo-disco with maybe a dash of Gina X. What might have been lumped in with a retro movement two decades ago now just sounds masterful and timeless.

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