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CYBERpunk Fiction (Re-Constriction)

By: Geoff Melton

While in recent years the market's been flooded with tribute and cover albums, and a large majority of them have been pretty lame, Re-Constriction has continued to come up with some fresh twists in their excellent synthcore/electronica collections. Their latest is cyberPUNK FICTION, a wonderfully recreated trip through the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, complete with clever dialogue sections created primarilly by Society Burning's Dave Credeau exclusively for this release. This project is made even better due to the fact that unlike most movie soundtracks, which are just songs used as background music (if in the movie at all) that are thrown together to make money, Quentin Tarantino incorporates music into his films so that they're a vital part, enabling you to envision the scenes as you hear the songs. Highlights are hard to choose, because everything here works in its own way, but if I had to choose I'd go with Hotbox's "You Never Can Tell" (the music from the dance scene a Jackrabitt Slim's, if the title doesn't ring a bell), which maintains the infectious feel of the original, but gives it a driving electronica groove (a harder-edged version by Hexedene is also included as a bonus cut). So I don't leave out any of the other worthwhile contributors, here's a rundown of what you'll find -> Tinfed's spaced-out, almost techno version of "Misirlou", -Kiling Floor's electronic funk in "Jungle Boogie", Christ Analogue's "Let's Stay Together", Collide's complete reconstruction of "Son Of A Preacher Man", Nimpf's "Lonesome Town", Purr Machine's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" (also here as a bonus cut from 16 Volt), and six cuts from Society Burning, including an excellent take on "Surf Rider" and a bonus version of "Flowers On The Wall", also done in an almost unrecognizable, upbeat version by Non- Aggression Pact (is this the first time the Statler Brothers have been given the electronica/synthcore treatment?). Can't wait to see the movie, but unfortunatelty it'll be a long wait, because there's not one.
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