Kill Shelter / Death Loves Veronica : The Sex Tape Sessions : Review
Unfortunately for some of the internet’s more perverse denizens Kill Shelter and Death Loves Veronica did not release any sex tapes for your self-pleasure needs. No, “The Sex Tape Sessions” instead relies on intimate club beats and sultry lyrics and tones for you to imagine a night of hot passion within your own head.
As we should, we start at the beginning with the title track ‘Sex Tape’. Sleazy techno beats alongside succubus-like vocals play out with Veronia whispering, “I like it when you film me.” The rest of the song follows suit, granting playful bouts of dark electronic club music with Veronica’s lyrical delivery never failing to deviate from the intended output. A second original track appears on the EP titled ‘Resist’. It dives into a bit of an electro bassline with fuzzy guitars sometimes adorning the background. Veronica comes off more ethereal in this song, and the tone changes from the sexual nature of ‘Sex Tape’ to something more concentrated and angry – though subtle. Out of the two, ‘Sex Tape’ far outpowers ‘Resist’, but neither are bad; they’re quite fun.
There are three different kinds of alternate versions of songs on “The Sex Tape Sessions” as well. ‘The Sinner’ and ‘Death Kiss’ get extended remixes; ‘Sex Tape’ and ‘Resist’ gain prolonged, extended mixes; and ‘The Sinner’ and ‘Death Kiss’ get flat out overhauls. All of these are done in house by Kill Shelter himself. I wouldn’t say any of these mixes add much depth to the EP, but they do give you a choice of which version you like best, and I’m sure their addition will please the DJs. While ‘Sex Tape’ and ‘Resist’ are the main course, these additional mixes are tasty sides.
Death Loves Veronica and Kill Shelter make quite a lethal combination when paired together. As two of the underground’s prominent figures it’s no wonder they were able to turn out something with such carnal implications. It never falls over the edge into perverse teenage fantasies, and they manage to keep their head held high with a nod to the scene's mature themes in reference to artistic nature. 7.5 out of 10.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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