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Mikrowelle - Twang Boom Tschak ... Pengdotdotdot
artworkI usually hate stuff like this - sequenced and gimmicky. However, there's something entirely fun and grin inducing going on here. Only for the adventurous, but original and fun.
Picks: Shurebad, Beat Party, Mexikanischer Branntwein, Buzz A., The Rip Off, Geheimagent, Blast Out, Rohkostgernt, Stendek, ... Peng

Track by Track Review


Shurebad dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

Tweaky Stevie Wonder "Superstition" style Clavinet sounding keys and mechanical drums run beneath a very cool tremolo guitar melody. This is a blend of early seventies hard funk and spaghetti western. Very fun.

Beat Party dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

"Beat Party" is a great track. The melody is very familiar, probably has another name. It's all tweaky stuff with Duane Eddy-ish guitar, but it brings a grin and is well thought out.

Mexikanischer Branntwein dotdotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

"Mexikanischer Branntwein" is a wholly original interpretation of The Champs' "Tequila." It is totally reinvented, and the dark over reverbed guitar chords are really cool!

Buzz A. dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

This is a grode cover of Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks' "Buzz Aldrin." Not that the original was clean or anything, but Mikrowelle have dirty up the impossibly dirty. Unexpected!

Popcorn A Go-Go dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

You can't play sequenced music without playing Gershon Kinglsey's "Popcorn A Go-Go." Not very inventive or original, though the reverb on the lead in interesting.

The Rip Off dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

Perhaps the most normal song here, this is very country. Trembling guitar and a lumbering country rhythm in an almost real setting makes "The Rip Off" seem as if it doesn't belong in this set, though the sampled words bring it back home.

Geheimagent dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

Phil Sloane's TV theme "Secret Agent Man" features real guitar and sequenced everything else. The keyboard modulated chorus makes you immediately realize this is machine espionage.

Blast Out dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

The guitar here has all the trembling charm of a fifties rockabilly b-side. The boogie beat and Travis Wammack inspired guitar are at odds with the trashy drums. Pretty darn fun!

Rohkostgernt dotdotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

Post disco sequenced patterns support a weirdified melody with a haunted machine sound, soon supplanted by real surf'n'spy guitar. Take away the strangitudinal sound, and you can imagine a surf instro.

Stendek dotdotdot
Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

Big rompin' fifties fun and games blasting out from this super simple riff rocker. It's loud and raucous and sounds like a fifty year old guitar rage filtered through a time lens, plinking keys and all.

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Sequenced Surf 'n' Turf (Instrumental)

Dark jungle guitar and shallow sound generate the feel of those exotic rockabilly jungle b-sides. There's some very cool guitar work here, and the imaginative aural slaughter reminds me of Vibrasonic at times.