Résumé: Selected + Mixed by Citizen Crew

By NICK SYLVESTER  |  October 8, 2007
3.0 3.0 Stars
The French labels Kitsune, Ed Banger, and Institubes have clogged dance bins with aggro, monochromatic, twitchy filter metal — what amounts to mere DIY retreads of Daft Punk’s “Rollin’ and Scratchin’ ” or Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” So it’s easy to forget Citizen Records, Vitalic’s less showy, more catholic dance imprint. Résumé offers a parallel dimension where DJs favor brighter, fuller, songier tracks like John Ford Fonda’s call-and-response electroclash stomper “So Far Away.” It enjoys a refreshing kinship with techno before house in Carl Craig’s remix of Theo Parrish’s “Falling Up” and Petter’s “Untight,” and it’s even more refreshingly untortured over being up-to-the-moment current. (Sebastien Tellier’s down-tempo piano lounger, “La Ritournelle,” is from 2003; Switch’s ubiquitous “A Bit Patchy” is from 2005, itself a re-edit of Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache,” the ’73 beat sampled for countless hip-hop classics.) As to rhythm, Résumé doesn’t stray far from straight 4/4, building slowly to its more syncopated numbers. Think of it as a subtle criticism of France’s dominant strain of dance.
Related: Techno files, The other river rave, French tickler, More more >
  Topics: CD Reviews , Entertainment, Music, Electronic Music,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   PUNK ROCK REDUX  |  April 01, 2008
    Try reimagining early punk as some physically intense and massively popular athletic contest.
  •   ADOLESCENT FUNKS  |  February 19, 2008
    Bradford Cox reminds me of my man Polyphemus — not just the one Odysseus conned in the cave but the one posted up in the countryside and pining in song for the sea nymph Galatea.
  •   POP IN A HARD PLACE  |  December 16, 2008
    The norms Black Dice resist are significant and strong and worth resisting.
  •   BURIAL  |  December 26, 2007
    Dubstep has been given its Dizzee Rascal moment with the release of Burial’s Untrue , the elusive London producer’s second album.
  •   BROOKLYN CALLING  |  December 10, 2007
    Below are new sounds from four very different Brooklyn acts.

 See all articles by: NICK SYLVESTER