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2013-03-18

THE ELECTRICITY CLUB / UK

DRESS CODE – RED SHIRT, BLACK TIE... YOU'RE HISTORY
By Chi Ming Lai

(...) ‘Off The Record’ will have something for anyone who remotely likes electronic music. Bartos is known for his strong aversion towards the death by 4/4 pounding of modern dance music so there is plenty of melody and variation plus only one song exceeds five minutes. While there are assorted tougher techno elements to keep it contemporary, there are enough traditional elements to please KRAFTWERK aficionados and synthpop fans alike. Even using ideas prior to 1996, KARL BARTOS has produced a classic but modern electronic album…it makes you wonder what KRAFTWERK might have achieved if the RFWK team had not lost its way post-‘Computer World’ and stayed together. (...)

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