One has to wonder about what Misstress Barbara was thinking by putting Sebo K’s “Too Hot” in the opening spot on this disc; the track has an interesting beat for 20 seconds and then repeats it for the next five minutes. This trend is ameliorated during Lorna’s “Feel Good”, but does not completely disappear. I understand the need for club albums, but even with repetitive dance rhythms there is still a tremendous amount of space that allows for artists to innovate.
Andrea Bertolini’s “My Way (club mix)” is the first track that honestly can be said to continually innovate and keep individuals interested. The track may be well over five minutes, but the mixture of dance rhythms with different-sounding sections makes the minutes slide by. What can be said about “Come With Me” is that a number of the tracks here work amongst each other to create a definite flow; individuals could conceivably put this mix on for the entirety of its 72 minutes and go for an extended smoke break. Individuals will be able to ride on the waves of music that Misstress Barbara has put together; while there are some tracks that do have vocals in them (such as eir own “I Love You”), the down-tempo beat that pervades this disc makes this the perfect album to trip out on. The klaxon on Lemon 8’s “Model 8” is the perfect thing that is needed to really keep the flow of “Come With Me” interesting.
While the klaxon is not obnoxiously loud, it really puts a certain sharp sound to the disc that had not previously been there. The blipping noise that is dominant during Argy’s “Love Dose” is a lesser version of the klaxon, and really initiates another distinct threat on “Come With Me”. Various other tracks really augment the overall sound of the disc in a small but important way; another of Misstress Barbara’s tracks, “Eleven O Seven”, is one of the most down-tempo tracks on the disc, really imbuing the disc with a herky-jerky sound previously unheard. While there are no huge names on this album, one should not be dissuaded from picking “Come With Me” up as the acts are all at the cutting-edge of dance music. Vocals are not needed because the music is just so emotive; one knows exactly what is happening in the course of Nathan Fake’s “Dinamo” because there is a distinct narrative.
Top Tracks: Nathan Fake’s “Dinamo”, Bad Pimps’ “Pimp The Box”
Misstress Barbara – Come With Me… / 2006 Koch / 17 Tracks / http://www.misstressbarbara.com / http://www.uncivilizedworld.com / Reviewed 28 January 2006