21st Century Toy

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Drum'n'bass überproducer John B. embraced kitsch '80s rock in 2002, with a teenage fascination with the likes of a-ha and A Flock of Seagulls spilling into his previously futuristic blend of switchblade beats and soaring power synths. Similarly, Paris-based producer Fred Bigot felt the need to connect his own love with glam rock with a favored specialism of techno, to somewhat mind-scrambling result. Although noted by such king makers as Time Out as one to watch, the producer struggles to extrapolate himself from the ultimately throwaway disposability that dogged the high-concept, yet more often lowest-common-denominator, trashiness that ultimately proved the undoing of electroclash. With little other than a fuzz pedal distinguishing Bigot from the faded glamour of his contemporaries in electroclash, nothing on 21st Century Toy quite reaches the glam-tastic heights of the hand-clapped opener, "Tonight"; indeed, the remaining track listing of similarly effected vocals, mild hooks, and muddy production is quick only to evanesce into an intangible mush.

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