All Over You
By Antonia B. Johnston
The good thing about Hypnofugue is that whether you are well versed in techno or not, their melodic and creative blend of genres - from funky to aggro-rock - will give you plenty to grab onto. If you do happen to be a diehard Ministry fan or a Primus or Red Hot Chili Pepper aficionado, all the better. Grinding, funky, and club-smoky, the title track boasts a combination of influences that gets things started with the bands multi-stylistic cards on the table. Track two, "Asian Girl," is a pulsating blues/reggae acid house affair (these guys need to think about what stereotypes they're perpetuating on this one -- me, I tried to keep my sense of humor...). By track three, you'll be raving out at home -- with sinister vox and feedback against a pulsating heavy guitar riff, "Love" is a highlight. On "Space," the group's DJ, Eddie Vasquez, who's spent ten years as a local house fixture, gets a chance to shine, and no doubt due to bassist/guitarist/vocalist Roger Dexter's blues pedigree, an old-world-meets-new-school juxtaposition flourishes throughout the disc. Their single, the piano-spiced, soft-then-loud "Bug" is anthemic and music video-ready, with it's crushing chorus of "Maybe I'm a bug!" coming across as dropdead serious rather than goofy, thanks to the guitar. One caveat for any guitar freaks out there: theirs is a processed, compressed crunchy guitar sound found in club music -- not the untouched chime and grit of an unencumbered rock axe. Still, for combining so many disparate elements in an electronic forum, All Over You 's production wins points for seamlessness and the organic nature of the songs themselves keeps the CD from sounding plastic. Vocals are all over the map - from eerie whispers to John Lydonesque snippets, and on "Quimby Trim," the vocal pattern relies heavily on a sample from Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" ("Bass! How low can you go?") with Hypnofugue answering back, "So low." If this were meant as a comment on heavy sampling in pop music, the point is well made, and taken. This quartet, however, seems to have plenty of their own ideas and the chops to back them up.
All Over You
By Mike O'Cull
Hypnofugue is a group with an unusual combination of sounds in their arsenal, on their latest, All Over You . Imagine trance-inducing electronic grooves played with funky/Hendrix-influenced guitar and a Zappa-esque sense of humor and you'll start to get the picture. DJ Eddie Vasquez creates the trippy musical backgrounds that are at the core of their music and (mostly) succeeds in bringing the organic and electronic together. Their mix breaks down when too much heavy guitar is added, but the rest of the time, Hypnofugue is quite listenable. (Contact: www.hypnofugue.com.)
Hypnofugue - All Over You
by C.E. Pelc
Chicago based Hypnofugue is pretty damn cool. Their debut album All Over You can't really be classified as a distinct sound. Just after listening to the first track, which is also the album's title track, it's as if the band put Trent Reznor, Korn and Bjork in a bottle and shook well.
What gives Hypnofugue its sound and edge is a well-balanced mix of lead singer Roger Dexter's sexy yet pissed off vocals and the brilliant turntable and beat work of Eddie Vazquez, aka DJ Eddie "Wildstyle." We also shouldn't forget about Ian Brown, who adds his own spice to the batter with vocals, guitar and bass.
The best songs of All Over You are those that are the most wild and have Dexter singing with the most passion, such as the electronic infused "Bug" and fast-paced "Love" that sounds like a machine running at full speed. I also really liked the trippy "Bunnies and Spiders," which is quite a scary song, but you have to love it. The song is about children's nightmares (The walls around me drip with fear/Closing around my private nightmare/The shadow sees the pain in my eyes/I bite my lip to muffle my cries/I don't know who's fuzzier, bunnies or spiders). Mister Rogers, beware.
Check out the artist's website:
1. The Monkey
7. Bright Stuff
8. When Doves Cry
10. All Over You
11. Space (Japanese Version)
12. Bug (Japanese Version)