From the very outset it is clear that The Modern do not care much about living up to their name - Suburban Culture is about as modern as tuning into Noel Edmonds on a Saturday night. It features metallic vocals and artificial synths straight out of the eighties, steals the arcade game beat from Da Da Da for percussion while the chorus sounds strangely like Don't Worry by Kim Appleby - far from a good thing. This combination results in an overall sound that is limp and uninspiring.
The New Cross quintet's shiny production and girl / boy vocal mix do successfully mimic the golden age of synthpop, but any attempts to become the new Human League fall flat on their mascara-streaked face. This dull, derivative imitation is no way near as dramatic or dynamic, and tries so hard to be futuristic it ends up sounding painfully dated. Aside from the pointless regurgitation of the past, ripping off Kraftwerk's The Model for the remix is surely tantamount to unforgivable musical treason in itself.
This is a download only release, presumably to prevent people trying to derive some enjoyment out of it by using it as a frisbee.