Electro-pop from the heart of Europe

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Pet – Player One Ready

One half of the German avant-techno duo Dauerfisch, Andre Abshagen indulges his more nostalgic pop leanings under his Pet alias. Much of Player One Ready deliberately evokes the more clunky, commercial end of ’70s electronic Euro-pop, owing less to Kraftwerk’s sublime austerity than Jean-Michel Jarre’s technoscapes. A few tracks could have been the themes to vintage schools TV shows, while others sport a wilfully plastic sheen of glam-rock glitter. Abshagen clearly has fun in this much-trodden field, even though his pastiches lack the polish or wit of like-minded Berlin neighbours such as Schneider TM.