Originally releasing his 2002 album “Ultrasex” on International DJ Gigolo Records, Mount Sims is back with his newest offering titled “Wild Light”. This new album is straight up electro with some new wave and dark wave influences. Any one who is familiar with late 80’s new wave will recognize many of the sounds on this release. Much like new wave artists of the 1980’s a considerable amount of the vocals in the tracks are heavily synthesized, and the kick drums, hi-hats and snares that comprise the majority of the songs are all familiar 80’s and 90’s electro sounds.
The album itself is diverse enough that it would make a good asset to a DJ or also be welcome in the collection of an average listener. There are many upbeat tracks that lend a very danceable sound, but there are also very interesting atmospheric soundscape style tracks mixed in with slow down tempo electro. There are not many electronic artists that can produce entire albums of original material that are enjoyable throughout, however, this is one of them. Much like a tremendous amount of other electro albums a lot of the songs sound very under produced. Although this may sound like the true case, a majority of electro producers like to give a minimal sound to their tracks. So basically, if you like a lot of stuff going on in your song, this may not be the album for you. I do have to say however, that Mount Sims has much more groovin’ baselines and atmospheric pads than your average electro producer.
Some of the better tracks on this album include “No Yellow Lines”, “Restless”, “Ashes”, “Lights On”, “Hollow Sky” and “9 Volts”. For a fan of DJ Hell’s International DJ Gigolo label this is another solid release. If you don’t know too much about the “electro sound” then I suggest that you try and give the album a listen before you pick it up.
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