Yesterday for the second time listened to Booka Shade's debut album, Memento, and was again terribly disappointed. I remember putting it aside when it was first released and even with the knowledge of their latest, quite brilliant recordings, Memento continues to miss something that makes it an essential album. You hear all those typical Booka Shade sounds, but they are just not arranged in a good way, making it a very dull record, that not for a moment reaches the heights of 'Night Falls', 'Darko' or 'In White Rooms'. It seems like they hadn't completley mastered their machines at that point in time.
Much better are Rome's new arrivals, Modern Heads. Both the Gliding and Paper Toys e.p.'s contain exquisite minimal that, at times, borders on (yes!) neo-trance. Over at My Space you can stream some of their songs.