28 After
Black Devil Disco Club - 28 After
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Black Devil Disco Club
28 After

It's hard to tell whether it's a joke or not, but the original release from Black Devil Disco Club came out on Rephlex a couple years back and was reportedly originally recorded in 1978 by a mysterious French duo named Joachim Sherylee and Junior Claristidge. Eventually, it was discovered that the person behind the music was a French producer by the name of Bernard Fevre, and 28 After is his equally secretive follow-up. Were these six songs recorded at the same time as the original short EP? Is Fevre even the person behind the music? Does it really even matter?

The answer to the last question is that it shouldn't, because this six song EP is a blast of retro-fueled electronic dance music that sounds like it could have been made at any point during the past thirty years. There's a glimmer of disco, a hint of electro, and all kinds of other weird little oddities in the mix, and that originality is what helps make it stand out. "The Devil In Us" is the first track on the release and lets you know what you're going to get right away as bongo-kissed beats and glimmering synths shimmer across a post-disco club scene while filtered vocals that turn into chanting are overpowered by warbling analogue melodies and bursts of feedback.

"On Just Foot" keeps things rolling along with similar components (simple, but stealthy bass arpeggios, weird vocal callouts, retro beat styling), but the track is so damn infectious that it's hard to not want to toss a bit of glitter in your hair and do your best to throw a hip out. The un-abashed disco-tinge might be too much for some people, but the great thing about the release is that it takes those influences and then turns them on their head and tweaks the hell out of them. "Coach Me" is just over five minutes of slamming electro, and while it drops some playful synth whooshes and vocal snippets into the mix, it blasts both elements with a slathering of feedback and delay enough to give the track a slightly rough edge that pushes it past simple homage.

With fun titles like "I Regret The Flower Power" and "Constantly No Respect," 28 After shows that it's not just a stodgy old record culled from past tapes for the heck of it. In fact, the odd release sounds nearly as vibrant as any electronic pop music being produced these days. "An Other Skin" closes the release on a high note as android-like vocals provide a nice juxtaposition to the oddly-organic rhythms (that again incorporate bongos and other hand percussion). With six songs running just over thirty minutes, the release floats somewhere between EP and full length by todays standards, but if you're into fun old-school sounding electro-pop, this should provide a full meals worth of satisfaction.

rating: 7.7510
Aaron Coleman 2006-11-23 20:17:30