All These Things (Domino)
There are some great lines on this, DC’s Gore’s All These Things, a modern sideswipe at humanity – “When boredom and violence become ONE in the same, why not lobotomize yourself today?” – that really sets the album apart from most electronic releases.
Lead single I Like You is a fun and touching list song that appears to mention all the things you’d expect London’s DC Gore to be into (Krautrock, techno, house) juxtaposed alongside more random topics that produce excellent rhymes.
It’s on this song, and others like Bodies, that Gore’s voice works best when there is a stronger melody line that chimes well with a delivery that is full of humanity. In other places, the electronic instruments and the deliberately mechanical production seem at odds with a voice that is actually full of emotion and could withstand the more robotic processes of Gore’s influences, such as Pet Shop Boys.
Like the novels of Orwell that have inspired the imagery of this debut release, there is something chilling and affecting that stays with you after listening.
words JOHN-PAUL DAVIES
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