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As important as the first volume, Waves II is a little less sample-based, progressing into a slightly more drum machine/synth/vocals-oriented house music.

It’s worthy saying that in both incarnations of Waves, Le Knight Club‘s stuff is crucial for the collection relevance. If you don’t know LKC yet you really need to go after it.

10/10.

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Today’s hottest electronic acts are influenced by french house. And when we’re talking about french house there is one name above all: Daft Punk.

Daft Punk has its robotic, retro-futuristic, new disco theme. And the guys from Paris are very strict to it.
So imagine how much stuff Guy-Manuel de Homem-Cristo and Thomas Bangalter throw away to keep up the Daft Punk releases quality. I say A LOT.

Fortunately they have (had?) a prolific off-Daft Punk life.

A long time ago, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Cristo founded his own french house label, called Crydamoure. While releasing a lot of tracks with Eric Chedeville under the moniker Le Knight Club, Homem-Cristo patronized a lot of people in Crydamoure.
These guys’ efforts were registered in 2 masterpieces: Waves and Waves II.

Both Waves are boldly recommended to anybody interested in house music. And I say it’s easily 10/10 rated.

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2009 - Kitsuné Maison Compilation Vol 8

I had a hard time looking around the web to put my hands on the new eighth kitsuné compilation release.
Kistuné is a french label, famous for shooting new stars on the dance/electro scene. So their compilations are (or should be) hot.

First two tracks and the record label got me down. Are the teenager-sounding French Horn Rebellion and The Drums is IMO the perfect disastrous way to start anything. People must know that the childish Los Campesinos! was a mistake and that should never be repeated.

But Siriusmo saved the compilation in time. The german guy has a nice track. It sounds to me like the Health‘s album, more polished. The bass is so cool.

Le Corps Mince de Francoise is lame R&B in atari mode.
At this point it looks like Kitsuné is emphasizing chiptune-oriented electro.

Do the Midnight Juggernauts have a new vocalist? The New Technology sounds strange and weak compared to their debut album. Not only musically but technically as well.

The compilation proceeds with the weak Heartsrevollution, and the OK Logo.

Two Door Cinema is catchy but haven’t everybody listened enough of this kind of stuff?
The same goes for Beni, except the catchy part.

Slagsmalsklubben brings back chiptune sound with the Yello-like Brutal Weapon.

I wonder why the 2007’s distorted synths of Amwe is fooling around…

And Jolie Cherie scores for chiptunes again. But the vocals sucks SO BAD. I cannot stand that. ouch.

Chew Lips remixed by Alex Kapranos is not bad, but we all know why this track is here…

The next contender is Delphic. Successfuly inspired -again- by the Health‘s remixes album. Nice track.

Memory Tapes is already known by people around the Disco Dust blog. Not my cup of tea.

Still around the Disco Dust people is Parallels. Looks like they put their shit together, which resulted in a more concise track. And still not my cup of… tea.

The compilation goes on with Notes and Crystal Fighters. They’re nothing. Skip both.

My Tiger, My Timing closes the Kitsuné Maison Compilation Vol 8 with a simple, solid structured pop song.

The conclusion is, if you’re already a Kitsuné fan you’ll probably like it just because it’s Kitsuné. Otherwise I don’t think this edition is a relevant realease about newcomers rocking out now.

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My favourite australian band, Cut Copy has crossed the second-album-barrier successfully. In Ghost Colours is at least as good as the predecessor.
Before anything I noticed this album works much better as a whole. While Bright Like Neon Love has some let downs.
In Ghost Colours reinforce the Cut Copy personality and still gives them new ground.
I feel a special Depeche Mode and New Order influence.
In fact almost every song reminds me of something in music. But in a totally healthy way.
Cut Copy has crafted such a sonic personality that you can in one second recognize them.
So instead of a boring rip off, In Ghost Colours sounds like a comfortable revisit to the late 80’s and early 90’s.
One of the best dance albums of the year, easily.

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The Ting Tings are an english duo blending indie rock with dance pop beats.
We Started Nothing kicks off with a sequence of good energetic dance songs.
From Britney Spears + The Hush Sound they slowly go to a more indie rock oriented sound, getting rid of a few american rock cliches, reminding me that they’re english still.
Unfortunately I like their pop dance side better.

The obvious highlights are Great DJ, That’s Not My Name, Fruit Machines, Shut Up and Let Me Go and We Walk.

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Justice – Cross

Justice - Cross

I think the 2000’s are a decade of retro movements, from music to fashion. And one of the things I like the most is the retro disco music.
2007 has amazing albums that make me feel on an 80’s dancefloor. And I was happy enough with Felix the Housecat‘s Virgo Blaktro & the Movie Disco and Simian Mobile Disco‘s Attack Decay Sustain Release. By the way, afterwards I discovered Justice made a remix for Simian Mobile Disco‘s Never Be Alone, which became a huge success.

I postponed the longest I could the audition of Cross, full length debut by the french duo Justice.
Why?
Because everybody was talking about their video for D.A.N.C.E., I didn’t even know the song, I just didn’t want to listen what everybody else was listening to.
Fool that I am.

Cross is a hell of a good album. It’s a heavy and loud retro disco that will take you to the 80’s with such a fresh air that you’ll be confused and questioning if their sound is really retro or revolutionary.

The album in my opinion has two special hits, DVNO and the world-widely-known D.A.N.C.E.
But the whole album is absolutely amazing. Instant classic.

I wonder if they’ll make more stuff like D.A.N.C.E. since it’s notoriously different from the rest of the album.
By the way this song seems to me like an electro remix of some The Go! Team track with Lovefoxxx on the vocals.

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Goldfrapp - Supernature

Allison Goldfrapp is pratically a sex symbol. Her style and music collide in a electro-cabaret Supernature.

I love the first two tracks, I know this album for two years and they’re still classics. Therefore, two years later and no other track called my attention.

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