Friday, November 03, 2006


"What the Hell are you staring at?" sneers a voice at the start of "(I Ain't No) Lovechild" by Kompleksi, wh/ pretty much sets the tone for the rest of this song: a cynical, whiney, complain-y voice (that sounds like Devo after they finally lost their virginity) over crumpled H. league/Robert Rental tape-drums and synthmooosh-bass and splatchy percussives. There's a jagged, art-punk feel to this: it's charity-shop, not cat-walk...I love the way they've hoovered all the glam out of synthpop and drawn a felt-tip sneer and a Mona Lisa moustache on its face.

It's a Tampere Porno Product, innit.

The flip-side "Moscow Nineteen Eighty" sounds like it ought to sound like Telex, but opts instead for some sort of parallel universe rewrite of US foreign policy, aided by vocoders, clipped synthetik beats and Daniel Miller's dusty old Korg. It has a strange, twisted, shimmery beauty as it cruises the red-light district of Helsinki with a limp...imagine if Swell Maps had mugged Depeche Mode for their clothes and ended up on TOTP. Yeeeah!

"What? Ever? Happened? To? Your? Dreams?" asks the vocalist, on the outro. For a moment, he sounds close to tears. Or drunk.

I've been meaning to buy this for ages (no lie!), so a big thanks to Roope at Lal Lal Lal for winging this in my direction. Kompleksi are Mike Not and pHinn aka Erkki, I think, who runs the pHinnWeb site/hub wh/ is a one-stop shop for pretty much everything that's cool and Finnish...

At last: a Finnish 7" that even Gutterbreakz might like.