Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Recommended music: 'Discodeine' by Discodeine

Disco music as a pain-relieving drug? Duh, why didn't anyone think of that before? Despite the rather dodgy name, this is a very satisfying full-length debut from the French duo who formed back in 2007. The album covers the full range of dance music, at times sounding like Simian Mobile Discodeine, at others much more house-styled in the vein of Hercules & Love Affair. According to the band themselves Discodeine is about club music and intensity, voodoo, chicago house, futuristic disco, jackin' techno, analogue basslines, ring modulation, krautdisco, mascarpone and chianti. I can't speak for the food and drink references, but everything else seems pretty well covered by that statement. It's almost like a summary of French electronic music, from Air to Justice via Jean-Michel Jarre.

Although mostly instrumental, there are a few vocal-led tracks, with an interesting choice of guest vocalists. Baxter Dury sounds almost like a slightly-stoned Guy Garvey on D-A, while Jarvis Cocker does his best disco-lounge-lizard voice on previous single 'Synchronize', to great effect.

You can listen to the whole album here:

  1. Singular
  2. Falkenberg
  3. D-A
  4. Antiphonie
  5. Ring Mutilation
  6. Depression Skit
  7. Grace
  8. Homo-Compatible
  9. Relaps
  10. Invert
  11. Synchronise
  12. Figures In A Soundscape

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