Control Freq

Sweetest Day

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Control Freq is the latest offing by eclectic Detroit producer Dennis White. White's efforts in the past have included the campy, disco-tinged dance-pop outfit, Charm Farm and, more recently, a techno-dance project under the nom de DJ booth, Static Revenger. Control Freq reunites White with his former Charm Farm bandmates Ken Roberts and Steve Zuccaro, with White handling all the songwriting, programming, and production (hence, the band name, apparently). The sounds the three manage is a trip-hop-flavored, radio-ready mix of technologically savvy anglo-pop. "Sweetest Day" conjures aural images of mid-'80s alt-rock faves such as the Church with White's calculatedly come-hither vocals romancing the midtempo groove. "We Accept You," boasts the unlikely combination of nods to both Tod Browning's Freaks and Prince's synth-funk. In fact, the entire EP rides the edge between too-familiar and just-clever-enough. Unfortunately, it leans toward the too-familiar too often to be much more than a smart exercise in production skills and cross-referencing grooves. Pleasurable but not compelling.

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