Mankind Liberation Front

Mankind Liberation Front

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It's not everyday that you come across a debut album whose first track tells you solely and bluntly that "You will enjoy this record, " and whose second contains the chorus "We are the center of the universe." Such is the case with Mankind Liberation Front. This electro-acoustic, L.A.-based combo, consisting of Ran Pink and Herwig Maurer, create an album of post-apocalyptic themes, electronic drum loops, and acoustic guitar licks, which they themselves call "musik for the neo-masses." The two members of MLF couldn't be further apart as far as style is concerned, and this contributes to an interesting and diverse final product. Maurer, a native Austrian, has been spinning and creating house tracks for many years, and is predominantly concerned with the rhythm, while Pink is the man with the melody. This dichotomy is most noticeable is their opposite approach to vocals. On "Dope Dreams" Pink's melodies jump around the scale, while on tracks such as "Radar Eyes" and "Space Shuttle Dub" Maurer's monotone droning voice evokes thoughts of robots hell-bent on destroying the universe. Many of the tracks use this difference to their advantage, taking a harsh verse into a blooming chorus. And the harmonies, oh the harmonies. This album is an interesting mesh of the electronic and the acoustic, and is a promising debut from this unlikely duo.

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