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You Trashed My Mind


The music of the Cologne-based duo Kitbuilders can be described as electro with sci-fi punk rock energy and a grebo edge. A remarkable element in the tracks is the vocals of female singer Ripley. Within the Kitbuilders' sonic cosmos you will also find The Sparks in their Moroder phase, Chris And Cosey, NEU! and Devo. But their music is not '80s retro stuff -- it also includes a lot of futuristic and fresh elements in their songs. After a handful of 12" singles and compilation appearances on labels like Electrecord, World Electric, Vertical and Ersatz Audio, Wake Up (2001) was the debut full-length from the duo, garnering praise from XLR8R who called it " excellent hybrid of the past and present." Alongside American outfits like Adult. and Fischerspooner, Kitbuilders are at the forefront of the worldwide electro revolution. Equal parts Moroder and Liquid Sky, the duo of Benway and Ripley fluctuate between adrenaline-rush bpm 909 beats, fluttering sci-fi arpeggiations and tense, sinister moodiness. Among their releases were exclusive tracks on two 12"s on the Ersatz Audio label, the In The Year 2525 12" on Television Records, a split 12" on Art Of Perception with John Starlight aka Zombie Nation, a remix of the Lectronix track "Motorbike" featuring Man Parrish and remixes for Sold Out, Warren Suicide and Twila Too. You Trashed My Mind features 15 tracks of energy, love, weirdness and flow with varied influences and the typical Kitbuilders signature sound. The range goes from songs with classic electro beats to tracks with a certain 2step/dubstep-influence to deconstructed piano-house, psycho-ballads and new wave-infected synth-pop. The music instantly grabs your attention, and holds it with melodic and harmonic deepness.