ZZT
Partys Over Earth


2.5
average

Review

by Olivier De Clercq CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
November 26th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On its own a pretty standard electro house release, but it never reaches the highs of the solo careers of the producers on board.

ZZT is the collaborative effort between Canadian superstar DJ Tiga and his German pal Zombie Nation, the mind behind one of the biggest party anthems ever: "Kernkraft 400". The duo has been producing bangers for about five years now, and have felt the need to consolidate their project with their debut, Partys Over Earth.

Unfortunately, the album feels rather sloppy and rushed as a lot of these songs were already released as separate singles over the years; at times, the record seems more of a compilation than an actual debut. Combined with the fact that those singles are clearly the highlights amidst a fair portion of filler, it's easy to label Partys Over Earth as a pretty inconsistent release.

The first couple of tracks provide a slow start to the album, it's only with the delightfully twisted "The Worm" that the party takes off. The sound that's employed throughout is fairly distinguishable and relatively unique, and consists of equal parts mean electrothrash, pounding techno and filthy basslines - which are not to be confused with dubstep wobbles, though. Too bad the sound becomes quite monotonous after a few listens, so the tracks are best enjoyed in small doses. Highlights for the modern-day electro DJ include breakthrough single "Lower State Of Consciousness", the aforementioned "The Worm", the raver "Vulcan Alarm!" and the funky "Zig Zig Zag".

In the end though Partys Over Earth is a disappointment, especially when compared with the separate bodies of work of Tiga and Zombie Nation. Brilliant dancepop in the vein of "You Gonna Want Me" is nowhere to be found on here, and a true electro classic, like "Mind Dimension", "Forza" or "Kernkraft" is absent as well. DJ, download the mentioned highlights for improving your set. Everyone else, go listens to those DJs and avoid the rest of this record.



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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Vulcan Alarm!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzmYBK0Gwbk
The Worm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKEDSYo_HMg
Zig Zig Zag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVx_mQWjsM0

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

taylormemer
November 26th 2011


4917 Comments


Kernkraft 400 brings some cool memories. Obligatory in b4 dev.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Such a tune, indeed.

Any criticisms on the writing anyone?

taylormemer
November 26th 2011


4917 Comments


"Combine this with the fact that those singles are clearly the highlights amidst a fair portion of filler and it's easy to label Partys Over Earth as a pretty inconsistent release."

Whole sentence is screwed. Won't need much to fix though.
Few other similar issues here and there.

Review as a whole felt a little inert as well.

Otherwise cool.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Inert?

I'll see what I can change, thanks!

taylormemer
November 26th 2011


4917 Comments


Yeah, I didn't really get any sense of resolution. It felt like you said nothing even though you did, if that makes sense, lol.

It probably has more to do with actual structure than anything.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2011


6448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, I get what you're saying. I'll try working on structure and wording my arguments better.

Already made some minor changes, if I find the time, I'll rewrite it more thoroughly

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 26th 2011


23818 Comments


good review. I like the album cover for this.

coneren
November 26th 2011


11111 Comments


aids hurry back i love you



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