Tuesday, December 04, 2007

"Stick to the B.E.A.T."

"† " was the dance album of this past summer and "D.A.N.C.E." one of the finest crossover electro-pop jams in recent memory. I picked up their album on a whim after enjoying 2 Many DJs take on their 2005 single "Waters of Nazareth" and reading about them sampling Goblin (on "Phantom"). The album tends to recall either/or early Daft Punk (band groups are managed by the same fellow) and the electro-pop explosion that occurred during summer of 2001 in Brooklyn, but sometimes simple and derivative is most effective. There are actually a few abrasive sounds on the album that don't come off quite as interesting as they should and several tracks have long-since collected dust while the pair dragged their feet to get the debut album out. This single, however, seems to bail them out of any fault or mis-steps with the crucial Donna Summer sample (and at least five Michael Jackson references). The French duo's announcement of a 2008 Fabriclive contribution is already on the top of my list for next year's must-buys.

While the video was nominated for an MTV Music Video Award, I actually decided to instead include the now-famous appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show. There's also a video-edit out there featuring the excellent MSTRKRFT remix if you want to do some more digging.

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