Review - Darkdancer

Artist: Les Rhythmes Digitales


It's a precarious thing when an electronic musician tries to keep the starball fun going while venturing off the dance floor into the bigger leagues of classic synthpop. To Les Rhythmes Digitales' credit, "Darkdancer's" acid-washed, '80s-retro-tinged cuts inject a much-needed personality and humor into electronica's usual stone-faced, buzz-cut, it's-all-about-the-music finality.

Les Rhythmes' main man, Jacques Le Cont (an Englishman with a French pseudonym), wears his mullet proudly on "Soft Machine," his sleazy synth grind backing an equal parts Rick Springfield and Blade Runner-soundtrack kitschy chorus. "I've got Lucifer rising in my head," he sings, earnest and corny enough to make Corey Feldman blush. Elsewhere, tracks fail to rally the necessary depth of field to turn into three-dimensional songs.

If Le Cont wants to be electronica's Gary "Glitter" Numan, he's got to make tracks that show he's thinking bigger -- more Kajagoogoo than Chemical Brothers. Otherwise, we're left with a bunch of Yaz-zy B-sides making us yearn for some Kajagoogoo A-sides.


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