As DJ and producer, synth-obsessed Alden Tyrell has been a stalwart of the Rotterdam’s Clone community and remains active to the present day, despite of releasing (the first) retrospective already in 2006.
By that time, Tyrell had become a renowned artist in the world of neo-italo and electro disco, who was providing energised tracks for curing the eighties homesickness. “Times Like These: 1999-2006” collected several of Tyrell’s previous tracks on Clone and Viewlexx, including synthetic party starters such as “Knockers”, “Disco Lunar Module” or “Love Explosion”.
However, the album’s real treat is the mood-boosting “La Voix”, carried by Nancy Fortune’s powerful and sensual vocals and “I Feel Love” bass line. When hearing Fortune’s voice, one can easily imagine a catwoman-like seducer who transforms from a feather boa diva to a BDSM pro, according to the situation. Not surprisingly, Clone decided to issue “La Voix” as a single, including The Isolators remixes.
Of other tracks, “Odessa Theme” is a charming movie score, “Rendez-Vous at Rimini” bears the substance for a Pan-Riviera nightlife hit and “Phaze Me” would boost nostalgic feelings of italo survivors in 2050.
For me, “Times Like These” was one of the highlights in 2006 that still gets a lot of playtime. As ten years have passed, the time could be ripe for the second collection of Tyrell’s works – there’s something to choose from.