That's Gerhard Potuznik, chameleon of the Austrian electronica set, striking a synth-pop pose in his flawless tribute to all-things-New Order, circa 1983. Potuznik has the mirror-moves of POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES down cold--from the club-dazed manchild vocals and throbbing disco-theque beats to the irresistibly (Peter) Hook-y synth-basslines.
With its winking title and maddeningly familiar melodies, SUBMISSION could have easily fallen into the trap of nostalgic gimmickry. Potuznik is too clever for such folly. His rock-solid songwriting instead turns "Airforce One," "Comebacker," and any of the disc's other 10 originals into the best New Order tracks New Order never recorded. A come-hither cameo by Nicki Murray-Leslie (of Vienna electronica/grrl-punk provocateurs Chicks on Speed) on "Geisha Girl" and the strung-out hedonism of Potuznik's lyrics sustain SUBMISSION's decadent bright lights-big city-strong drugs mood through the glittering instrumental closer, "Miami Beach Sunrise." Only Potuznik could have pulled off this risky proposal so brilliantly. Submit. You know you want to.