This was the final missive from Disco Inferno before they split in 1995 and emerged after a tumultuous time for the band after they had their gear stolen which basically contained all the material they were working on. Still, the band regrouped and made an album that was a lot more straightforward than the previous wildly inventive DI Go Pop yet contained a series of stellar songs including worldwide-hit-that-never-was 'It's A Kids World'.
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By the time 1995 rolled round Disco Inferno had probably had enough. Not only had their stunning run of forward thinking records been ignored by all but the most discerning music listener but they'd had all their gear nicked resulting in most of an album having to be thrown in the bin and they'd been hawked round on ill considered support slots with the likes of Transvision Vamp and Siouxie and the Banshees.
So it's no wonder their final missive 'Technicolour' sounds a bit hacked off. It's certainly not their best record but there are enough highlights to make you wish that if one band made an album even half as good as the best bits of this we'd be claiming it as Album of the Year. The sound on Technicolour is more jagged, more distorted and in it's most tuneful moments more pop than anything they had done before. The opening title track, 'I'm Still In Love', 'When the Story Breaks' and 'Sleight of Hand' are all brilliant pop songs combining skyscraping melodies with their unusual sample driven sound which puts the most unusual things together. 'Sleight of Hand' is one of my favourite Disco Inferno songs combining acid style electronic squiggles, fake trumpet parps, explosions and perhaps their most brilliant chorus to date. 'When the Story Breaks' meanwhile showed that guitar pop and drum and bass breakbeats could share the same song.
Between these brilliant things though were songs that somehow passed by. 'Things Move Fast', 'Don't You Know' and 'Can't see Through It' were a little too forgettable by Disco Inferno's previous high standards. 'It's a Kids World' meanwhile became one of their most well known songs (courtesy probably of the 'Lust For Life' sampling opening bars) but I always thought it was the point when Disco Inferno's propensity for sonics went a little overboard. It's cartoon music samples and The Farm style guitars don't really mix for me but you had to admire their chutzpah.
Maybe they knew it was over and were just chucking everything at the wall in the hope it would stick. Closer 'Over and Over' sounds totally broken and so it was DI would be no more but 'Technicolour' at best shows why they were hands down the best band of the '90s.
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