To my eternal shame, despite them plying their trade for over a decade, I hadn't heard of self-styled "techno-tanzband" Elektro Guzzi prior to purchasing "Clones" which I'm expected to believe was created using nothing but bass, guitar and drums and no electronics whatsoever. Maybe that's true but that's of similar plausibility to David Icke's assertion that the Queen Mother, George W Bush and Boxcar Willie were/are shape-shifting alien lizards from planet Shitbastard (it's amazing what a panning your ability to discern what is and isn't true takes following a 3 week mushroom binge with a gang of schizophrenic Peruvian witch doctors). What IS true, is that, however it was produced, "Clones" is one of the finest techno albums you'll hear all year. It's not club music by any means though: the BPMs are almost all on the low side and the sense of tension and dread the tracks exude plus the sinister miasma that seems to cloak the entire album means it's pure headphone fodder that you'll find it very difficult to resist returning to time and again. Ignore the sleeve notes that tell you Elektro Guzzi themselves are clones and all that nonsense about Uruguayan watermelons, this is far too special an album to allow levity to obscure its brilliance.
Favorite track: Slowfox.