About the only thing semi-intriguing to come out of the soon-to-be-released record from (former?) Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke is a remix done by Brooklyn-outfit PUNCHES.
Taking Kele’s lead off tune, “Tenderoni”, PUNCHES manages to exploit the best bits of the track and to handle some of his overblown sound explosion; for lack of a better term, Kele doesn’t quite seem to have any inkling on how to tackle and manage an overtly pompous soundscape that doesn’t do much of anything but slap the listener with a biting sting, over, and over, again.
Yes, Kele’s forthcoming solo go around is dubbed The Boxer, and if humble blogger didn’t know any better, we’d be sure to note here that the record really does deliver a serious beating in the ring. I’m left black and blue with despair over how badly the whole electro freak affair is. Chromeo, you out there?
And humble blogger doesn’t mean that in any positive way. Here’s to hoping he’ll come to his senses and rejoin the band for some Silent Alarm days when we all had our socks knocked off and declared it the album of the decade.
In the meantime, we’ll have only slivers of memory, a poorly executed left hook, and a cleverly crafted combination of PUNCHES.