We got two more reviews by Juno records!
Personally, we really love this one! It is thoroughly educational, very informative and inspirational. Thank you Flora!!!
”Probably the most exciting record of the month for this writer is Discom’s highly anticipated release of Max Vincent’s previously unheard material. And it brings to light some very expert and rather majestic additions to the Ex-Yu archive. Those familiar with the electronica that surfaced under Marshal Josip Broz Tito will already be up to date with Max & Intro’s EP We Design the Future, released on Radio-Televizija Beograd in 1985 – those tracks are reissued here in their (more interesting) demo versions, which have been circulating on the internet but never before as a LP. But apart from re-kindling everybody’s love for the dance anthem “Ostavi Sve” and for the beautifully celebratory ode to a girl from Belgrade, this record for the first time exposes the unrealeased material of Max Vincent aka Miša Mihajlović, and it’s interesting stuff.
Like many of his time and place, Vincent’s approach to electronic music was free and unformulaic, combining a variety of pop forms and aesthetics. “Never Say Never” and “Colours and Stars” are quite thrilling pieces – thick beats, anthemic synth progressions, heavily vocoded (and in English!), similar to the known repertoire in sensibility but much more exploratory in form. Side B reveals a romantic, film noirish Vincent the way we’ve never heard him; much more handsome in Serbian, oddly sleazy, brilliantly melodic and sometimes borderline Italo à la Gazebo. These are very imagistic tracks (metropolitan landscapes, tropical landscapes, policier landscapes) which for lovers of the genre are altogether irresistible. “Šta Je To Što Nam se Dešava” , “Torino and You” and “Odlazim” are gorgeous, in a beige, dusty kind of way; music to sit in a bar in the past and watch the cars go by in the night. A curious record, and quite unforgettable.”
@ Flora Pitrolo
”Belgrade’s Discom inaugurates its new catalogue with a rather special debut, an anthology by forgotten Serbian artist Misa Mihajlovic AKA Max Vincent. Due to the war-torn state of Yugoslavia back in the mid ’80s and through to the late ’90s, Vincent’s synth jams never made it out of his recording studio, and although he was known in certain circles, the then young producer was simply not able to get his music out there. Luckily, Discom have compiled material from Vincent’s library that was made between 1984 and 2002, quite a large gap in time. In this album, you can hear Vincent’s love for 80’s electronic music and the cutting-edge of the time, bands like Kraftwerk on the opener “OStavi Sve”, the influences of EBM over tracks like “Beogradska Devojka”, and plenty of synth-pop all over many corners of the album. The slow, wavy and pensive “Noc Pored Reke Nil” is also a winner. Recommended, don’t snooze!”