Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Cabaret Voltaire ‎Code

Cabaret Voltaire Code

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1987's Code, co-produced by On-U Sound mastermind Adrian Sherwood, finds Cabaret Voltaire at their loosest and most accessible. Though its subject matter remains dark and paranoid, in sound Code is the closest thing CV ever made to a party record. Aided perhaps by Sherwood's rhythmic expertise, it achieved a genuine mechanistic funkiness reminiscent of late-'70s Kraftwerk. That didn't necessarily endear it, of course, to fans of the Cabs' harsher, more challenging material. Many of them dismissed Code as lightweight, but the rest of us can find much to enjoy here. "Sex, Money, Freaks" answers the eternal question, What would it sound like if Roger Troutman of Zapp joined Cabaret Voltaire? "Trouble (Won't Stop)" dips one toe into the blues, with harmonica making a surprising appearance and Bill Nelson providing atmospheric guitar. Code's most memorable song, though, is "Here to Go," a hook-laden and bass-heavy concoction that offers the paradoxical advice, "Sharpen up, relax/ Lighten up, get serious/ Stick with it, sit back/ Live with it, commit yourself."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An excellent post of a highly underrated album. Excused by the fairweather Cabs fans as a 'sell out' album but as an 'old' fan of the Cabs myself I thought this was a natural progression for the band. And with Adrian Sherwood at the controls, he added more power to the beats. Shamefully ignored and as yet not rereleased (with bonus tracks). Listen to this today! jbinjapan

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