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August 1, 2011

Imperative Reaction “Surface” – Viva Music Review


Surface” * “What Is Left to Say” (Club Edit) * “Surface” (Club Version) * “Surface (Under the Surface Remix by Scandy) * “Surface” (Sebastian Komor Remix) * “Surface” (Shok’s Zeitmahl Remix) * “Surface” (Pull Out Kings Remix) * “Surface” (Rotersand Rework)

Order Imperative Reaction’s “Surface” single release (CD, digital) from Metropolis Records here | Watch the “Surface” official video after the jump.

A limited edition of 200 “Surface” box sets are available from the band directly (link). The box sets include the CD, a poster, a t-shirt, a pin, a patch, postcards and stickers. Each box is hand numbered and autographed by the band.

About Imperative Reaction’s “Surface:

Los Angeles based Imperative Reaction returns with the new single “Surface”. The new single features two new songs and remixes from artists Sebastian Komor, Scandy, Rotersand, Shok and The Pull Out Kings. “Surface” and the b-side “What Is Left To Say” (Club Edit) show Imperative Reaction’s mastermind Ted Phelps further refining his now signature sound. Catchy hooks and driving rhythms blend with intensely personal lyrics and anthem-like choruses, turning “Surface” into a cathartic musical experience and an intriguing hint as to what Imperative Reaction have in store for the next album. (source).

Imperative Reaction – “Surface” – Viva Music review:

Surface” is in its raw version a recipe for success. A very upbeat, high energy track, it brings out a new gust of creative power from Imperative Reaction. A well-rounded, powerful track released the year the band celebrate their first 15 years, it is also the first single release from the forthcoming, homonymous album from Imperative Reaction scheduled for September, 13! The forthcoming album is in Ted Phelps’s words, “our defining album”, and it showcases an evolved sound, that combines the band’s explosive live show with the precise, electronic anthems Imperative Reaction have built a name on. “Surface” is indeed a great teaser and an awesome preview, and so are the single’s remixes and versions from the single release.

Surface” (Club Version) makes it clear that beside a very good hold of static listening material, “Surface” provides for the motion of its audiences; while the reworks of the title by various artists further nuance the material’s flawless construction: “Surface (Under the Surface Remix by Scandy – the moniker of Combichrist’s Andy LaPlegua) gives it depth and edge; while “Surface” (Sebastian Komor Remix) is able to put up an enviable storm of sound to a very appealing effect. “Surface” (Shok’s Zeitmahl Remix), as well as Surface” (Pull Out Kings Remix) concentrate diligently and profusely on the danceability of the track, and all the more “Surface” (Rotersand Rework) makes a whole new track out of an already successful playlist favorite, and does so while retaining the track’s corporeal beauty. Not at all an anonymous track of the single release, “What Is Left to Say” (Club Edit) is an electrifying, superb new track, easy to get under the listener’s skin and difficult to forget.

So just to make things clear, “Surface” is a great appetizer for the September album, and makes the waiting even more difficult!

Below you can watch the official video for “Surface”, the first single from Imperative Reaction’s forthcoming 2011 album “Imperative Reaction”. The video was shot in downtown Los Angeles on Easter Sunday, 2011 and was directed by Chad Michael Ward and produced by Mary Taylor.



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