You’ll probably feel that you’ve heard this one a thousand times before, especially if you have some Substance (if you know what I mean) in your collection. Yep, it is totally derivative of New Order but you can’t but applaud the pristine application. In fact why not for once stop looking back to ‘Ceremony’, ‘Temptation’ and ‘State of the Nation’ for your kicks and instead give ‘Frustration’ a go. Of course it helps that the Whip are Mancs and that they have the wherewithal to put on a great show. The uneven beat patterns are attractively familiar from the off and even though Bruce Carter and Danny Saville don’t really bother with a chorus the piece is so lovingly crafted it’s hard to be critical. This was the first in a series of singles from the duo and later efforts have revealed a gradual widening of their influences. KD
The Whip – Frustration
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