Level 2.0 - Elevate
EBM, Futurepop The natural progression from 'Battle Sight Zero', "Elevate" seems to lift the duo into a new direction, documenting the trials and tribulations of change, and narrating exactly how the smallest (and biggest) changes can affect who we are as people.

Fittingly, I felt that BsZ was going in the direction of 'new starts' anyway, and for this EP to confirm my suspicions renders me very, very interested.

"Elevate" starts off the EP, beginning with an intro that focuses on the Drum work, with Mike's vocals being the first main instrument we hear. "I am Free, I stand alone now..." is the first thing that is sung, and two things are clear :
- Mike's vocals have improved, but also, the melody is even more poignant and beautiful. Just like 'Blue Like Neptune', this song has pivotal moments all through it that are so personal, so private, that it's a genuine honour to share them with Mike.

"When The Stars Align" has more of a traditional Futurepop feel to it - it's Trancy, and more arp driven - dare I say, far more bouncy than usual efforts. Even vocally, this track sounds completely different - the vocals are performed by Mike Phipps of Pulse State, an act I really enjoy. Gorgeous!

"Perservere" and "Whirlwind" delve further into the Elevated, Enriched sound of Level 2.0. , and I strongly feel that these tracks are the groups best yet - by far.

Sonik Foundry, Cellmod, Pulse State, and Negative Format (long-term favourites of mine) add remixes to the EP, there's also a couple of other remixes (216, and nes) that add flavour and diversity to an EP that doesn't really even need it.

Passionate and amorous, yet also disciplined and well-written.

Level 2.0, I missed you.
4
Brutal Resonance

Level 2.0 - Elevate

8.0
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released 2012 by Nilaihah Records
The natural progression from 'Battle Sight Zero', "Elevate" seems to lift the duo into a new direction, documenting the trials and tribulations of change, and narrating exactly how the smallest (and biggest) changes can affect who we are as people.

Fittingly, I felt that BsZ was going in the direction of 'new starts' anyway, and for this EP to confirm my suspicions renders me very, very interested.

"Elevate" starts off the EP, beginning with an intro that focuses on the Drum work, with Mike's vocals being the first main instrument we hear. "I am Free, I stand alone now..." is the first thing that is sung, and two things are clear :
- Mike's vocals have improved, but also, the melody is even more poignant and beautiful. Just like 'Blue Like Neptune', this song has pivotal moments all through it that are so personal, so private, that it's a genuine honour to share them with Mike.

"When The Stars Align" has more of a traditional Futurepop feel to it - it's Trancy, and more arp driven - dare I say, far more bouncy than usual efforts. Even vocally, this track sounds completely different - the vocals are performed by Mike Phipps of Pulse State, an act I really enjoy. Gorgeous!

"Perservere" and "Whirlwind" delve further into the Elevated, Enriched sound of Level 2.0. , and I strongly feel that these tracks are the groups best yet - by far.

Sonik Foundry, Cellmod, Pulse State, and Negative Format (long-term favourites of mine) add remixes to the EP, there's also a couple of other remixes (216, and nes) that add flavour and diversity to an EP that doesn't really even need it.

Passionate and amorous, yet also disciplined and well-written.

Level 2.0, I missed you. Nov 21 2012

Nick Quarm

info@brutalresonance.com
Writer and contributor on Brutal Resonance

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