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Voom Voom - Peng Peng

Voom Voom, Peng Peng

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

VOOM Voom are no strangers to the leftfield electronic dance scene. Comprised of three members, they are made up of Kruder (of Kruder & Dorfmeister and Peace Orchestra) and Prommer and Appel (Truby Trio and Fauna Flash).

Their album, Peng Peng is described by its PR as a heady collection of every experience they’ve had – from every record they’ve listed to, dance to or shagged to. It encompasses every style of music they’ve ever made and includes Detroit techno, deep house, fractured funk and soothing ambience.

Hopes were high when I put it in the stereo. Sadly, they were shortlived. There are some good moments but much of Peng Peng is taken up by bland dance tracks that seem to last forever.

Occasionally, there are traces of the inspirations behind them. Sao Verought is very much rooted in Balearic Islands territory, mixing some electronic, tin-like beats with an Orbital style ambience. But it lacks that extra something to make it anything special.

Bounce drops in a ‘hey, hey, hey’ which is reminiscent of Prodigy’s Firestarter without the hedonism, while Baby uses electronic vocals that are an obvious nod to Daft Punk (without being as good).

There’s a cinematic quality to the edgy strings and foreboding beat that accompany All I Need, which is one of the album’s best tracks.

While there’s a soothing quality about the gentle ambience of Vampir Song that helps draw the album to a satisfying close (even hinting at the Vangelis of the Blade Runner soundtrack towards its finale).

But such moments are too few and far between and fail to properly do justice to the talents behind it (especially given the quality of Truby Trio’s last album).

Several of Peng Peng’s tracks will find a comfortable place on the techno and house dancefloors this summer but as a collection of work in its own right, the result is disappointing.

Track listing:

  1. Baby
  2. Roger
  3. Bounce
  4. All I Need
  5. Keep The Drums Out
  6. Logan
  7. Best Friend
  8. Fish
  9. Sao Verought
  10. Oggi
  11. Urwald
  12. Vampire Song