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Drop the Lime - We Never Sleep

Released on Tigerbeat6, 5/30/06

New York-born, California-resident Luca Venezia (aka. Drop the Lime) brings another all out mash up of genres, beats and innovative techniques to the table with his third release on Oakland-based label Tigerbeat6.

The opening track “Wake Up Call” smacks of a happy marriage of electro funky hardhouse and UK grime -- the underlying sound throughout the album -- with a poppy lyrical melody for added personality. These light vocals take nothing from the grittier style that emerges in following tracks, getting harsher, rawer and in places delightfully bizarre.

Reminiscent of Soft Cell (of all bands) “Full Moon Rising” breaks into a chorus that sounds like a parade of psychotic monks chanting their evening mass to chaotic disco beats and a steel drum. “Triceratops” shows a hint of garage in with the Underworld inspired techno stylings, later bringing in electro flecks the effect of which is like C3PO and Johnny Five dropping acid and trying to explain the mysteries of the universe in electro-verbal binary.

Unfortunately the almighty Venezia has saved the anti-climactic for last (as on his first album This Means Forever) as the sleazy soulful girl/boy vocals of “Turn Out the Light” refuse to drop into a big fat techno beat. The final track also fails to resurge into previous beat-splitting sonic-layering mayhem leaving the end of the album a little flat but by no means darkening the effect of the album. You just have to save those last two songs for the end of the night when you’re done dancing your socks off to the first nine tracks of transcendent techno joy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars