New York, or Neo-York, if you’d go with new beat meet industrial vibes. Belgium haven’t been so far away since they once launched their much appreciated genre of “new beat“, together with iconic acts such as A Split-Second or the Dutch equivalent L.A. Style, with their less body-beat and/or EBM-inspired sound, borrowing more from danceable techno. If we use the definition of the underground culture that was launched in Western Europe, the pioneering of an underground music subculture. The term itself was also used as a collective term in the U.S., for different electronic styles. So it’s not by chance that Videograve emerged out of the blue, in 2011 with their debut-album “Slum Electric” released by and on Living Tapes. Lending a whole new face to the style itself, infusing it with a cybernetic form of industrial atmosphere – into the whole she-bang. Two years later, “Strange Menagerie” came out on the same label. Which might’ve been what sparked my interest in this duo as such, from the beginning. The two members, Danny Riley and Mitch Patrick have taken it a whole other way then for example Schwefelgelb, whom are also scanning the territory close to New Beat, but not into the same realm as them.
With this in mind, Invisible Guy can offer you a collaboration that was done by Videograve together with Neud Photo. This track is rather elusive, rhythmic and robotic. Combining the different areas that they work within, as the more cybernetic new beat with hints of industrial is mixed with an even more melodic side. Even though a little bit of Neud Photo has been put into the mix, the atmosphere itself is harsh and it introduces you both to the sublime monotony in rhythm, but at the same time pierce your ears and enter the divine – with angelic melodies in the background. The track is titled “Space Street” and is made available to you all to listen to and stream, exclusively on Invisible Guy. The photograph that is pictured on the top of the page was taken by Mitch Patrick, and is featured on their latest album. If you’re interested in their latest album “Strange Menagerie“, it can be bought from Living Tapes by following this link.