I have a folder with every Lab review written for the site. There's definite themes that emerge when you read the older ones. Let me set this one up. The Lab starts as a hardcore turntablist site selling dj equipment and battle records. We start a section of the site called "The Goodz" and start introducing non-turntablist stuff like Gangstarr singles. That section becomes our fastest growing section and we quickly morph into a site known for hip-hop and funk. Along with the hip-hop comes the sense of "keeping it real," but certain records (such as Aphex Twin, Bjork, and this one) don't fit into this schema. Therefore, we had to overcompensate in our reviews to keep the "realness" intact. Funny thing is, these type of records always flew off the shelves (a reflection of that emo-loner that is the proto-lab-head). So check out this vintage review and see if you catch the themes:
Read recently an interview with Bobbito recalling a past interview he did with Premier. He played him a Smiths or Cure song and Premier knew what it was, he followed by saying he saw them in concert. You might be asking, what the hell is this doing here? We are fans of all types of music. This has been one of my favorite records for a long time. I've been contemplating getting it for the site, but not until now, did I find it appropriate. Brotherhood marks the shift of New Order from the dark strains of Joy Division, captured perfectly in the comedic "Every Little Counts;" and hammered out by their biggest hit and asiatic anthem "Bizarre Love Triangle." I always marveled at the booty-bass beat of "All Day Long." This is New Order at its finest, sounding a bit indie with a twist of electronica. Obviously this selection is not for most, but if you are open to it, I'd recommend it.
- 180g black vinyl pressing
- printed insert
- digital download included
- music label: London Records 2015
reviewed by the mgmnt 10/2009