The problem? Boy George, whose voice is shot. In his heyday, the Culture Club frontman could have turned in the androgynous, soulful vocals of a blue-eyed Chelonis R. Jones, but now he can only muster a strained yelp. But don’t feel sorry for Dark Globe—this is their second collaboration with the street-sweeping has been (see 2002’s ‘Autoerotic’), so they knew what to expect. And while George picks up his broom, we skip straight to the dubs.
The release is bookended by Henrik Schwarz’ versions—typically mellow, melodic Detroit techno marred by rather obvious “uplifting” keys and chanting—but the real revelation is Dark Globe’s own Flight Delay Dub. Rather than prepping ‘Atoms’ for the dancefloor, they turn it into a shuffling, scowling exercise in Depeche Mode-style synth atmospherics. It suggests a possible change of direction for the artists—let’s just hope they get the chance to pursue it.