Review - Decksanddrumsandrockandroll

Artist: Propellerheads


On "Desksandrumsandrockandroll" the Propellerheads -- the U.K. techno scene's flavor of the second -- seem poised to take their big-beat/trip-hop vision to the masses. The British duo of Alex Gifford and Will White has taken to using a live drummer to lay down grooves over percussion loops to accompany the requisite samples, synths and instruments. Despite some highly innovative moments, the album sometimes indicates a tendency toward electronica clichés.

"Take California" leads off the disc with massive breakbeats and a hypnotic bassline that create a very pleasurable experience for the listener, but their attempts at the now passe spy-theme fad are dated. Even the great Shirley Bassey's vocals on "History Repeating" sound cheesy and should have been left in the vaults. Redemption comes in the form of "Bang On," a furious blast of noisy guitars, hyperactive beats and acidic tones that is pure adrenaline. All told, the Propellerheads are at their best when moving their sound forward, not sticking their heads into the past.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.