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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 - Rush - Working Men

I’m a Rush fan.
And I’m not a compilations fan.

I think compilations exist only for sake of enriching record labels’ pockets. And Working Men is not different.

As you can tell by the cover, if you like the canadian trio, this is a compilation of live performances. With more than 30 years on the road, plus countless live albums, Rush easily exceeds the numbers of a single-disc tracklist. So you can expect great stuff here. The flaw is, nothing here is new.

Every performance is already released on a live album. Then if you’ve bought a recently released Rush live album, chances are that you have at least 30% fo Working Men. Because this release contains the best track out of Snakes & Arrows Live, R30 and my personal favorite Rush in Rio. I saw them at that tour, but in the São Paulo show.

That aside, all tracks are great and show that in spite of being in grandpas’ age, theses guys rule.

If you’re new to Rush and want to know how the band sounded live in the 00’s, that’s the album. Otherwise it’s just collectors stuff.

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2009 - Chromeo - DJ Kicks

Chromeo is for sure one of the most respectable and high profile electro duos today. They’re maniac with 80’s funk and synths, and are not ashamed of showing it. After all it’s cool anyway.
What makes them stand out of the crowd?
Besides the fact they really play most of their stuff, they know their stuff.

Dj Kicks is a mixtape specially hand-crafted with electro/disco/funk tracks released in both the 80s and the 00s. I bet you can’t tell the difference in most of them.

DJ Kicks is the proof that the canadian duo rocks hard. No hype bullshit.

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I got the new Fiery FurnacesI’m Going Away through my ears just to make sure they sound annoying and extremely boring to me. I’m starting to give up on them.

Go away guys, I’ll be okay.

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2009 - Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures is a supergroup starring Dave Ghrol on drums, Josh Homme on guitars/vocals and (tcha-ram) John Paul Jones on Bass and additional stuff.
They play solid rock ‘n roll as three guys relaxing and doing their thing naturally.

The juicy aggressive and groovy guitar riffs, always doubled by a hard bass are spontaneously pierced by the sharp Dave Ghrol, back to the drums again.
Well, not even in twitter times I’m not a Dave Ghrol follower. So I just superficially say that I’ve never heard him playing with the sticks that well.

At the level of these masters of rock is the audio production. Crystal clear. Really impressed me.

Musically, TCV sounds like the perfect collision of classic rock and modern alternative rock. As the lineup would chronologically suggest:

John Paul Jones >> Josh Homme >> Dave Ghrol

The result is very fine.

After a few replays  Josh Homme starts to get me tired. And reminds me why I never liked his brain-child Queens of Stone Age or maybe the defunct Kyuss.

I should not complain about the composing skills of Homme. But I will do so when it comes to performance.
He sounds so bored to me when singing. His guitar solos are cliche collections to my ears and they’re weak.
I’m talking specifically about Scumbag Blues. A powerful Hendrix-like song that BEGS for gorgeous trippy guitars solos. But Homme just don’t deliver that. In fact he doesn’t even get close.

After realizing that, my mind was corrupted by the idea of having an Ataxia-spirited John Frusciante for moving up the guitar solos. That would be huge.

I’d point out the highlights Elephants, Gunman and my favorite Bandoliers.

There’s a curious similarity between the song Caligulove and the last Arctic Monkeys album, Humbug. Produced by the very Josh Homme. That makes me think he had a good time with Alex Turner and his band.

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Scotch rock band. They sound very rough and somewhat old fashioned. Not my taste.

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