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Gomma Allstars feat Peaches - The Casablanca Reworks Project

by Niall O'Conghaile Rating:4 Release Date:2012-01-16

Ok, first things first - I have to point out that I am a huge fan of both Peaches and her filthy, sexy music and also the Gomma record label from Munich, who consistently release some of the most forward thinking yet funky house and electronica around. So seeing them come together for this, a cover EP of some of the greatest hits of the seminal disco label Casablanca, produced by four of the label's top acts and featuring vocals on each tune by Peaches herself, is enough to make a grown man cum. Which is why I am so sad to report that the reality is pretty disappointing.

Part of the problem is that these songs are already classics in their own right. I mean, honestly, how do you top the glorious electro-pop perfection that is Michael Sembello's 'Maniac' from Flashdance? Certainly not by slowing it down a notch and draining it of its inherent youthful excitement, as happens here. The same goes for The Phenomenal Handclap Band's take on the hardcore gay anthem 'Walk the Night' by Skatt Bros. On paper this looks perfect - the mistress of filth covering one of the filthiest, sleaziest, poppered-up tracks of all time. The reality though just doesn't live up to the expectation. How can a song whose imagery mixes gay cruising and violence end up sounding so neutered?

The only song that cuts the mustard on this EP is Munk's cover of Stephanie Mills' 'You Can't Run From My Love', which benefits from concentrating on the track rather than the vocal, and being less well known than the other three songs. It feels as if Peaches has not been allowed to fly here, or to add her own dirty twist to these tracks - here's hoping the next instalment (if there is one) is better.

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