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De Lux, Voyage (Innovative Leisure Records)




De Lux, Voyage (Innovative Leisure Records)
CD Reviews

04/10/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Clubbers are still struggling with the fact that James Murphy’s all done with LCD Soundsystem, never thinking about what his reasoning might have been, aside from the chance to do stuff with Arcade Fire. Maybe he saw a post-hipster-techno wave rumbling in from the distance, who knows, but whatever, in the meantime there are plenty of artists filling the void, if you look at the big picture, ranging in soulfulness and subtlety from Hot Chip to Justice. Sure, this L.A. duo are disco kids, but I don’t dislike them the way I do Chromeo and whatnot, mainly owing to the good amount of buzzy electro-zappage hanging over these tunes, which are strong in their own way, mostly combinations of ’80s Talking Heads and pure ’70s radio, personified in large part by the asphalt-and-chintz drum sound. There are departures and exceptions to the rule, lots of them: the house-pop “On the Day” is like Orbital on uppers, and the last fourth of “Moments,” in which its government-issue pogo-1980s vibe gets jolted into relevance by Sean Guerin’s hilariously over-the-top singing, like an Exorcist version of David Byrne. Way too many horses in this race to pick the next big neo-rave thing, but these guys have great odds. B- — Eric W. Saeger






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