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Sascha Funke Bravo

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After turning-out dozens of singles and compilation tracks for labels like Kompakt and Ellen Allien's Bpitch, Berlin's Sascha Funke triumphs with his first album, which effortlessly ranges from blistering acid to bleeding-heart electro-pop. Graced with harpsichords, pastel glitches, and his own plangent vocals, tunes like "Now You Know" and "Forms and Shapes" are masterpieces of melancholic pop, while "Quiet Please" and "R:/ F?r Die Liebe" go even deeper into the Speak and Spell-era splendors of vintage Depeche Mode, albeit updated for discerning German dancefloors. The album's lone banger, "Bravo" bristles like classic Plastikman, unfurling clicking cricket wings with every downbeat.