Malaria “Emotion” [Album/Review]

8/10

Malaria was an all female band from Berlin, Germany. They where part of the No-wave / Neue Deutsche Welle movement and blended rock, synth-pop, new wave with a very minimal sounding touch.

“Emotion” was released in 1982 by the West German label Mobit records, recorded in Jacobs Studios, London. It’s a mix of alot of different music styles, from some more new-wave sounding tracks, to straight minimal electronica, to noise. One of their members, Gudrun Gut also played with Blixa Bargeld in the very begining of Einstürzende Neubauten.

Stand out tracks for me is the opener “Geld”, a new wave/synth-pop stomper that has just that kind of monotone touch that I like. Also “Slave”, and here we get really close to Einstürzende Neubauten. “Leidenschaft” is also great, apart from the avantgard-jazz-trumpet part that I’m not a big fan of. Except for jazz music, I never like trumpets or saxophones in my music.

So overall, a must have if you’re into Neubauten sounding early 80’s music.

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