Maxim – Carmen Queasy

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Single Review by Mark Bayross

The Prodigy implosion continues with occasional frontman Maxim’s bid for solo success. However, the man who added even more darkness to the Prodge’s superbly black POISON pretty much keeps his mouth shut here, deferring vocal duties to Skin from Skunk Anansie.

The choice of Skin is a good one: it was only a matter of time before someone realised her distinctive vocals, simultaneously melodic and menacing, would suit this kind of electro-goth atmosphere. Whereas Curve is now a distant memory for most of us, this song succeeds through sheer catchiness. Combining creeping gothic ambience with processed industrial guitars and an awesome hook in the chorus, it’ll definitely please the Prodigy fanbase, and win over the Sisters of Mercy and Nine Inch Nails crowd, too.

The Digital Dubz remix is more old skool, stripping away the guitars and washes of synth and relying on the beats to carry it through. It actually sounds more like old Prodigy material.

Funny how the electro/industrial/darkwave scene continues to be largely ignored here in the UK, yet elements of it keep appearing in mainstream music, films and even in adverts. Watch out for Maxim’s album HELL’S KITCHEN later in the year and, if Liam Howlett can round up enough of his band, a new Prodigy album too.

5 stars