"Blitzkrieg Pop"

(Mute 2005)T.Raumschmiere - Blitzkrieg Pop

T.Raumschmiere seems to want to do it all. The Berlin based musician, born Marco Haas, runs an imprint Shitkatapult, works as a club promoter in Berlin, and somehow manages to fit making music into his busy schedule. T.Raumschmiere's latest effort, "Blitzkrieg Pop," comes across with the electro pop spirit of The Prodigy and the heavy aggression and attitude of Atari Teenage Riot.

Spitting his vocals out like Atari Teenage Riot's Alec Empire, T.Raumschmiere makes "Sick Like Me" into a crashing, banging punk-meets-electronic moment that sets up the listener for the rest of "Blitzkrieg Pop." Perhaps taking a page for Einstürzende Neubauten's book, pulses go industrial, mimicking electric screwdrivers on "Diving In Whiskey" as Ellen Allien adds light vocals to the heavily rhythmic dance song.

Electronic driven instrumentals momentarily turn the feeling of "Blitzkrieg Pop" into an experiment instead of a club mainstay. Synths grind and pulse heavily on "All Systems Go!" while "Der Grottenholm" claps and chirps over digital tune ups. Meanwhile on "An Army of Watt," T.Raumschmiere goes for a lighter sound as the song pounds and thumps in a fashion fit for a fanciful club anthem.

One person's trash is another person's treasure and T.Raumschmiere certainly recycles ideas and sounds for "Blitzkrieg Pop." The resulting album is part performance art and part club fodder, ready for a hot night out on the town. Haas has definite ideas and his plans are clear but his delivery needs some tweaking; he wants to grab you by the collar and hold your attention with his underground ideology and punk ethics. "Blitzkrieg Pop" delivers at least partly in that respect.


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