Having followed Solar One’s releases for a while and always being on the right side of excited when something new is happening, I was chompin at the bit to hear their latest release by Norway’s Impakt a.k.a. Jørgen Indal.
The opener ‘Computer Boogie’ is an abstract take on classic electro. With a beat straight out of erotic city, this mind melter is like Tomorrow’s World meets Dynamix!
‘Dance the Pain Away’ is the favourite on here for me. A minimal new wave beat is coupled with a gorgeous 303 line and deep moogy bass. Reverb soaked string lines beef this beast up and really make it soar. Emotional electro at its very best.
The A-Side’s finisher, resonant escape is a brilliant example of melodic, deep and beautiful electro. Delicate synth lines play against bird song whistles. Like a summer breeze… but wae an 808.
Flipping over to the B-Side, we begin with ‘Sodomacid’, a fast, techno acid track. Square wave 303 shifts hard and infects your brain. This track is fairly mental… cutting fast with vocal samples and jumping back into the madness.
‘Come on, Ah Yeah’ shows Impakt’s scandinavian roots. A distinctly Skweee sound here mixed with his own touch. Brilliant drum programming with resonated synth lines warbling all over the place.
And finishing this mini album (6 tracks is what I call that these days!) ‘At the end’ brings more new wave influences. Again, some superb drum programming and new wave 101 style lines have you singing the lyrics to all your favourite wave tracks that don’t exist.
As an all rounded, varied EP, none in recent times has been as well executed. Delivering extremes in all aspects, and still maintaining a solid release is something to be very very proud of.
Impakt – Resonat Escape by Solar One Music