'Lectric Workers ‎– Robot Is Systematic

Lasergun ‎– LASERGUN 007
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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November 23, 2010

"Robot Is Systematic" is an early Italo classic that I never, ever tire of in its original form. Here it's given a techno update that it doesn't really need, but thankfully, all the versions are good enough to make this record worth at least whatever I paid for it at the time.

The Ural 13 Diktators and Savas Pascalidis remixes both favor a "techno in the electroclash era" sound, which can be kind of grating and cold. Nothing wrong with that, I mean it is techno after all, but I prefer it to go a little further in a moodier direction, if not actual warmth.

The John Selway remix opts for dramatic crescendos, and it has a more live-DJed feel than the others. It's like he's got two records synced up perfectly, and he's got a drum machine going, and he's now devoting all his attention to the mixer and effects processors. Also favorable in his mix is the fact that he fades in and out decent chunks of the melodic parts of the original, rather than just relying on short loops like the other mixes.

If I had to pick one of the others to recommend, it'd be the Richard Bartz remix. It has a muted, faraway sound that gives it a much dreamier feel than I would expect from a modern techno track. Also interesting is that it focuses on a melodic part different from the ones in the Selway remix.