Nanobot Auxiliary Ballet

Nanobot Auxiliary Ballet

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Nanobot Auxiliary Ballet Review

by John Bush

The first record from a label formed by Jeff Waye from Ninja Tune and Patty Schmidt from CBC's Brave New Waves radio show is bound to be not only forward-looking but also have high quality-control standards, considering the long history of tastemaking for both individuals. The Nanobot Auxilliary Ballet is an electronic pop act (including Schmidt) which apparently remembers with great fondness the music heard on countless video games of the mid- to late '80s; though the rhythm section is often live, the rest of the instrumentation has the rounded abrasive qualities and high-pitched horns that made Juno and Casio big names during the early home-computer age -- they're also so high in the mix that they virtually rule the record. The vocals, often chorused, prove that NAB write and record infectious, catchy songs such as "StopStart," with shades of a melodic Minutemen as well as the wizened precociousness of Young Marble Giants. A very successful record, The Nanobot Auxilliary Ballet reconciles the bargain-basement synthesizers and dynamic performances of Le Tigre with the forced retro-futurism of Ladytron.

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