CD title: Dead Market Single
Genre: Industrial, Noise, Experimental
Reviewer: DJ Kantrip
Dead Market is the latest release from the industrial noize/experimental project, Haujobb. Its been a while since there was any new material from them, and with Daniel Myers collaborating with Covenant, this reviewer thought Haujobb was all but shelved. However Dead Market has assured me that there is still lots of weird electronic goodness to come, as this single heralds a new full length album, New World March.
Dead Market features the title track along with several remixes, and a new track, Letting the Demons Sleep. Comparing this new song to Haujobb's last album Vertical Theory, Dead Market has a much more grounded and simplified feel. Most of the material off Vertical Theory had lots of atmosphere and very abstract lyrics that left much to the listener's interpretation. Penetration came off completely alien, and Renegades of Noize was a frantic futuristic dance floor hit. In comparison, Dead Market sounds like its made of gears, teeth and realism. Even the lyrics are straightforward. There's no room for interpretation. “Manipulate the pulse, the pattern, the rhythm. Dominate the beat.” It almost sounds like a peek into Daniel Myer's brain as he's constructing the song. The beats are the focus here. They have this hard techno-tribal edge to them that overtake the synths a lot of the time, which is normally a complaint, but in this case it works for the song. There are layers upon layers of percussion that bring life to the track without it having to take that spacey weird turn that primarily made up Vertical Theory. When the synths do rise out of this driving march they only give more fire and energy to this shambling mass of raw mechanical ambition.
Much like the Penetration single (one of my favorite releases of Haujobb's), the remixes on Dead Market do a good job of presenting this new track in various ways. The Nomenklature remix gives the song a typical club 4 to floor treatment, while the Engineer's remix has the effect of removing all organic elements to the song. I really got the impression from this remix that some bizarre mechanic construct had risen from a pile of scraps started marching around. The Horrorist remix simplifies the beat and cuts back a lot of the synthesizers on the chorus, while focusing more on the vocals. Same song but completely different feel to it, and that's honestly what a remix should do. Make the listener think they are hearing 7 different songs. Not 7 different re-treads of the same song.
In conclusion, Dead Market is everything I love about Haujobb. It's abstract, but includes those key elements to make it dancefloor material without sounding cookie cutter. It shows evolution in what the band's core sound without it sounding like something completely new with same band name. If Dead Market is a taste of what's to come, then New World March will not be an album to miss.
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