Beings of Leisure
Divine Operating System
label: palm pictures
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
debut self-titled album, Supreme Beings of Leisure helped usher
in a new variety of electro-lounge. Part Portishead and part lounge
act, Geri Soriano-Lightwood and Ramin Sakurai were one of the
sexiest newcomers to the electronic soundscape, taking the tired
dance genre to new heights and depths with their extremely sensual
Operating System starts out seeming to be an extension on
their self-titled release, but not far in you'll notice a deeper
disco influence at work. Songs like "Give Up" and "Divine"
take the basic tenets of disco and give them the Supreme Beings
of Leisure once-over. What we end up with is something a bit more
akin to James Bond / spy thriller sexcapades - and on the whole
it's extremely effective. (If Austin Powers 3 had been
anywhere near a decent movie, Goldmember would have been flexing
his skates to these tunes.)
other disco-influenced records, Divine Operating System
slowly begins to feel repetitive. If you're not paying close attention
it's easy to mistake one track for another. Luckily for Supreme
Beings of Leisure they're all extremely well constructed, or this
repitiveness might have become overbearing.
best part of the album, however, is the addition of a second disc
of 5.1 audio mixes of four tracks (Give Up, Ghetto, Catch Me,
and Touch Me) complete with "leisure visuals," a "leisure
bio" and "leisure photos." These 5.1 mixes sound
extraordinarily good, and given SBL's musical style turn out nicely.
The visuals give the music a bit more feeling as well - the perfectly
tripped out scenery you'd expect.
I quote Brody
from the immortal film Mallrats: "This
is like something straight out of Octopussy."
liked Divine Operating System...
1. Give Up
3. Catch Me
4. Get Away
5. Rock And A Hard Place
6. Calamity Jane
8. Touch Me
9. So Much More