Bochum Welt

Desktop Robotics

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Bochum Welt's 1997 EP for Rephlex was accompanied by bonuses all around: on the CD side, Desktop Robotics was fitted with a freeware version of Pac-Man for the Macintosh, with an original BW soundtrack; on the vinyl side, the EP was released as a double 12-inch, featuring a "special bonus token with extra lives" (a three-track EP, including the soundtrack from the video game). The music? Oh, well there some of that, too. Desktop Robotics proper is a five-tracker of delightful, upbeat melodic electro-pop; electronics-born new wave without the cheesy vocals and bad guitar playing. The good track/bad track ratio is better than with previous Rephlex releases, but Desktop Robotics finds Costanzo still a bit shy of his stride.

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