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Tombo

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Only the fourth release from Thomas Schaeben's Cologne-based, Kompakt-distributed Firm label, Tombo is a four-track 12" featuring Schaeben (of Schaeben & Voss, creators of the best Pantytec rip-off ever made) throughout, along with a handful of others joining in on the action. The best of the bunch is far and away "Really Real," a slinky mid-tempo track co-produced by Geiger. Schad Privat provides the bratty vocals, with possibly Crash-inspired lyrics about a friend of his who is "addicted to accident black spots." On the chorus, he switches over to a sweet near-falsetto, and you almost expect to hear Scritti Politti's Green Gartside in the background. (Michael Mayer would incorporate the track into his Fabric mix, released later in the year.) Privat is again present on the final track, "One Night at the Dizko" (a Sister Sledge reference?), another nocturnal tune that's instead suited for a more intense portion of a DJ set. The other two tracks, "Aou!" and "I Believe," would be standouts on most other singles.

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