URBAN HOMES: Centres CD/LP Altin Village & Mine
Centralising their sound on a cross of organic and electronic, Urban Homes have been pencilled in as a Post-Punk outfit. In some respects this is true, but there is a whole heap of influences throughout ‘Centres’ such as House and Krautrock, Disco and Dub that steer the outfit away from the tag they’ve been given.
‘Aurora’, is most likely the closest track that this four piece can be tied to the genre with and that’s mainly down to the programming of the drum machine, reminiscent of Joy Division somewhat. Musically however, their combination of electronics sounds somewhat spacey and more in key with eighties pop influences.
There is something about Urban Homes that is infinitely accessible. Many a range is covered dynamically and whilst the majority of this is not exactly my cup of tea there is much to shout about with regards to production and technical competency. Vague elements of this release also remind me in some ways of the variation displayed by PIL; it has to be said though, that I have never been a fan of some of their work either.
‘Centres’, is tailored for the older market; a time when Punk had run its course and some moved on towards the mainstream. That area of the music industry provided a heck of a lot of obscure pop if truth-be-told; nonetheless, this fits like the missing jigsaw piece to that era fairly comfortably.