[8 November 2006]
Many people claim that the members of Dark Globe created the first breakbeat album when they released Mondo Scurro, but on their latest record, Nostalgia for the Future, the pioneering musicians show no allegiance to any musical subgenre. Steering between downtempo, house, ambient, and breakbeat styles, Dark Globe has created a masterpiece of dark electronic pop. Guest vocalists like Boy George, Imogen Andrews and Television’s Tom Verlaine contribute memorable melodies and words, but the true stars on the record are Pete Diggens and Matt Frost, the two songwriter/producers who comprise Dark Globe. In between excellent songs like “Break My World”, they deliver soundscapes which are often sonically minimalistic yet richly atmospheric. Some listeners might have trouble swallowing Nostalgia‘s bleak take on the future, but fans of electronic music will find the album to be a tasty treat.