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Zombie Nation


(UKW; US: 17 Mar 2009; UK: 30 Mar 2009; Internet release date: 9 Mar 2009)

It’s amazing what a name can do for an artist. Case in point: a clever moniker for German DJ Florian Snefter conjures up images of zombies dancing “Thriller”-style. Indeed, Snefter’s project is called Zombie Nation, and you’d certainly be forgiven if you find yourself doing MJ’s famous zombie dance to one of these brilliantly constructed little tunes.

Snefter’s fourth full-length album as Zombie Nation is called Zombielicious, and it’s a doozy. There’s not a single thing on Zombielicious that you won’t want to dance to, and it features more than a few of those precious moments that turn club music into anywhere music.

Opener “Mas de Todo” grooves like nothing that’s been released all year, “Get It” is like disillusioned Daft Punk, “Filterjerks” is just dying for a CSI: Miami montage scene to get thrown on top of it, and the ten-minute “Worth It” actually manages to remain engaging for its entire length. It’s easy to fall into a rut with dance music, because the inclination is to favor repetition over breaking the groove. Snefter harbors no fear of variety, and as such frees himself to create dance music that’s varied and interesting on top of being utterly danceable.


Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.

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