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Hurts

Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker & Mantronix Remixes)

Columbia
Catchy pop from coldwave duo, Hurts, spoiled by an over-affected vocal delivery. Neverthless, the tribal drums, haunting production, hook and Numan-esque melodies on the Vox Humana make for quite an infectious listen. Unfortunately, this single is flawed somewhat by a rather unpleasant remix from the legendary Arthur Baker, whose post-'Return To New York' electroclash remix does not win any hearts. Furthermore, Mantronix's crown as 'king of the beats' slips with these rather lacklustre 808 drum breaks. Not very block-rocking beats. Shame.
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