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Corrugated Tunnel

» Minor Obsessions

Reviewed by Pete M / Submitted 05-10-10 15:11

Label: Process Recordings
Format: Digital
Genre: Electronica

Irish producer Corrugated Tunnel unleashes his new album, “Minor Obsessions”, on Process Recordings this October. The 1980s get revisited and the album conjures up memories of the likes of Ultravox and The Human League; albeit in a 21st century vein.

Edwin James, for that is Corrugated Tunnel’s real name, is an already accomplished DJ and remixer in his native Ireland and this album is his third. When you listen to it, you get a taste of what the guy is trying to achieve; combine the sounds of techno, breaks and house while injecting some 1980s vibes into it. In some places. It works but when he leaves the classic era behind, the album really does spread its wings. There’s a hint of trance in the album’s opener “Festival”, with its plodding beats and wobbly acid basslines. After that, the LP introduces vocal-led tracks like the first single to be lifted from it, “Remedy For My Soul”, with Antoinette and the downbeat “Threadbare”, the single of which houses a remix from Orlando Voorn.

The vocals on the album are somewhat broody and menacing at times. The aforementioned “Threadbare” being a prime example. Saying that though, the record takes a few listens to get used to but once you give it time to work its magic, it all starts to make sense. Its not the standardised dance album of, say, David Guetta. No, its better than that. It doesn’t really contain any top 40-esque tracks. In that sense, Minor Obsessions is a slow-burner of an album that will relax you and make you somewhat uncomfortable at the same time. It might not have the commercial edge, or clout, of other luminaries but I don’t think that is the point here. For dance music that is both progressive, slightly menacing and, in some areas, broody, Minor Obsessions is an okay place to start. Just don’t expect any to hear any of the tracks in the Top 40.

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