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12 January 2009
Quentin Dupieux AKA Monsieur Oiseaux AKA Mr Oizo returns with a third attempt at proving dance long players can be considered worthy and are not all a handful of 12" releases bobbing between half-baked filler.
By splitting the often very similar pieces into a whopping seventeen separate tracks, Dupieux creates a fast-flowing album which barely stops for breath. When it does it`s generally for one of the showpiece tunes (see what I said earlier about bobbing about) featuring the likes of Carmen Castro, Error Smith or his current muse, la chanteuse de la chanson sex that is Uffie. These tracks, `Two Takes It` (an authentically old school take on Rob Base and EZ Rock`s `It Takes Two`), `Erreur Jean` (the sound of an old Atari games machine being put through a circular saw) and `Steroids` (featuring the aforementioned Uffie) provide some sanity in an otherwise often mentally effervescent mix of high treble, glitched samples and crisp electro.
Perhaps most noteworthy of all is the rekindling of an old European rave passion - this being the proclamation of a random celebrity`s death over ultra-tough synth stabs. With James Brown now actual brown bread, it becomes the turn, somewhat bizarrely, of vest-toting actor Bruce Willis to be mourned, celebrated or whatever over an increasing bpm. Yippee-ki- yay, motherfucker indeed.
Very nearly a decade on from his surprise number one hit, France`s Mr Oizo continues to show just why his personal brand of stylophonic squiggle was the one to take the world`s most iconic jeans into the 21st Century. Synth buzzbombs fly every which way throughout the three minute tracks while a lady asks over and over `do you have any animals?` Positifly bonkers and made even more so by a rare remix outing by LFO whose glitch mix is as technically astounding as it is unlistenable.