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ucnx: run your body


UCNX probably realized one of the most unimaginable tracks ever made in the electro scene. Just imagine a cover version of 2 songs in 1. Just imagine a copulation between Nitzer Ebb’s “Let Your Body Learn” and Iron Maiden’s “Run To The Hills”. I don’t know in which circumstances this American duo came to this idea, but even Salvador Dali would have been jealous with such a surrealistic project. The result has been entitled “Run Your Body”. It sounds definitely EBM-like and the Nitzer Ebb style is (luckily enough) very present. The vocals could have been a bit harsher and powerful, but you don’t hear me complain. “Burning Slowly Down” isn’t exactly what I would call a masterpiece, but it’s definitely funny and entertaining. “Run Your Body” coming next sounds harder and more convincing while holding on the EBM-style. I personally prefer the instrumental mix entitled “The Number Of The Remix”, which sounds a bit in the vein of Cubanate. This is a real cool mix. UCNX is definitely an unusual formation with a high level of creativity!

6.5/10 - ED (Side-Line)

 

Run Your Body is the latest disc from Philadelphia's own UCNX. Released this year on UK's MOMT, this four song single begins with a highly charged and very aggressive mash-up of Nitzer Ebb's "Let Your Body Learn" and Iron Maiden's "Run For The Hills" to surprisingly good effect. I admit, I certainly had some doubts. Another solid track on this disc is "Burning Slowly Down", a wholly original composition by UCNX that showcases that band's more traditional coldwave / EBM style.

The disc finishes off with a remix of "Run Your Body" by label mate K-Nitrate, which takes a more instrumental and electronica informed approach to the song, and wraps up with the band's own remix of another original (and I believe unreleased?) composition, "BabyLAon". "BabyLAon" brings a bit more variety to the UCNX sound and even throws in some light guitar riffs for good measure. Another thing I can appreciate about this recording is how singer Douglas Sudia's vocal confidence has increased. He seems more comfortable and boistrous than on the band's 2008 debut, Absolute Zero.

It's been a busy couple of years for this band, with numerous compilation appearances, a digital download release and their full length debut. Run Your Body adds nicely to their discography, and I believe finally gives this act enough consistent material to finally pull off some shows and gain some more worldly exposure.

Brian Backlash (PX Darkside)