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By never releasing an album, French synth-house genius Kavinsky appears to have passed under boss man Phil’s radar, and I’ve had to retrieve this one from the stockroom myself to give it a spin because it never reached the review pile. For those of you who, like Phil, aren’t familiar with this guy, he’s a French producer who makes house music which is heavily influenced by ...

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9/10 Mike Staff review, 22 February 2013

By never releasing an album, French synth-house genius Kavinsky appears to have passed under boss man Phil’s radar, and I’ve had to retrieve this one from the stockroom myself to give it a spin because it never reached the review pile. For those of you who, like Phil, aren’t familiar with this guy, he’s a French producer who makes house music which is heavily influenced by ‘80s synth soundtracks, taking his favourite parts to create a sleek modern version with bright, soaring synths and pulsating, danceable rhythms. His ‘Nightcall’ was a notable highlight of the ‘Drive’ soundtrack recently and brought his talent to people’s attention, and this single is a taster for his debut album which arrives in a couple of weeks.

It’s ambitious stuff, huge-sounding and slickly synthetic, but there’s so much of his sound that is joyously human. It’s the sound of a man who wants people to feel good. Obvious reference points here are Giorgio Moroder and Daft Punk but it’s got more of a hard-edged house feel. As for the mixes, they’re very good too. I didn’t mind listening to five versions of the same song at all, and usually that’d grate on me. Won’t talk you through them because this was just supposed to be a quick one but there’s a Red Sky mix where it’s reinvented as a hip-hop cut with raps from Sugar Tongue Slim, before Boys Noize, Blood Orange and Sebastian Tellier have their way with it too. Can’t wait to hear the album now.


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