R.I.P. (Roppongi Inc. Project)
Temporary Evacuation 27.04.86
Temporary Evacuation 27.04.86 faces the problem most instrumental releases that revolve around a concept do: how do you effectively convey the idea without words, relying purely on texture and mood to do the job? In most cases you don’t strictly, the concept is more of a guiding principle that informs the mood of the tracks which in turn (hopefully) evokes some aspect whatever the songs are about. Russian duo Roppongi Inc. Project are working with some material of serious gravity when it comes to the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster, and while their new release does little to sonically reflect the sorrowful aftermath of the tragedy, its tight techno-industrial sound does occasionally suggest the panic and and terror of the evacuation itself.
Temporary Evacuation a 5-song EP (and is priced to download as such despite its lengthy running time) with 8 remixes of the title track interspersed between the originals. It’s a bizarre sequencing decision as the R.I.P. originals flow together from one to the next quite well. The forboding grind of “Easy Life (White Noise)” (reminiscent of similarly soundtrack influenced recent work from Gatekeeper) leads handily into the pulsing title track, a mid-tempo dancefloor number with tight sequencing built around distressed vocal samples and a synthetic alert chime that serve as the records most direct reference to it’s subject matter. Although what they’re trying to say about the events at Chernobyl is anyone’s guess, “Birthday (Edit)” and “Destination” are both tracks that have actual movement to them, their propulsive beats pushing cleverly evolving textures. As with final track “No Future (Run mix)” these aren’t songs that stay static, they switch sequences, new sounds emerging cleverly and fading away while never losing sight of the central groove.
While not all winners, the mixed bag of remixes do bring something to the table beyond just filling out the releases’ length. The best of them is the “Alternate” mix, one of three by Kant Kino (who’s own excellent “The Owner of this House Lives Here” dealt with the same subject matter), its vocal stabs and string-like pads bringing an appropriate sense of tragic grandeur. Freakangel’s journeyman interpretation is straight terror EBM, while the Ad Inferna remix almost strays into trance, both emphasizing some of the elements of those genres R.I.P. themselves borrow from. The same could be said about the power-noise-by-way-of-gabber mix by Virgin Fix, although it’s distracting sampling of The KLF’s “3 a.m. Eternal” (which isn’t nearly as good a combination in reality as it sounds in theory) scuttles it.
Temporary Evacuation 27.04.86 ultimately works on the basis of it’s musical merits rather than by it’s connection to the heartbreaking circumstance that inspired it. Despite an imbalance in the new versus remixed material there’s a high level of production throughout, throwing the quality of it’s songs into sharp relief. Roppongi Inc. have crafted a sturdy release deserving of notice for it’s own inimitable musical appeal rather than its premise.
I love the 2 Unlimited sample in the regular mix of the track.
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Temporary Evacuation, was a joy and an inspiration to listen to. Being a “old school” EBM stomper of the late 80’s and early 90’s, I am hard to please as substance in the music is hard to find in this day and age of EBM, industrial, and electronica, many sounds have become frothy lacking depth and weight. More over I simply hear beats made with the usual programs, and vocals so distorted they become a nuisance to the related track, However this album brought to the table a strong edgy persona, and a wide array of digital sound that kept you in wanting to hear what was next! It has been a few “cycles” in the EBM music genre since I have liked every track on an album. This when listened to by the right kind of ears will be a cherished reawakening, of that “I want to throw myself around feeling”. For the seekers, of great EBM and electronica, with a dash of industrial, this is for you, please download and enjoy, you wont be sorry!
Awesome release. And The songs work pretty well on the dancefloor. Love it!!!!!
As a former writer for Hypno Magazine its been a very long time since I found something that screams originality and just shreds the sound barrier world wide! Listen you wont be disappointed =0)