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6/10 Evan Customer review, 27th June 2013
I'd never heard of Jean-Jacques Perrey before but a quick search online shows that this 7" has been shifting for over £100 and has crate diggers flicking through records searching quicker than Sue Baker through a thesaurus looking for another superlative to describe Andy Murray.
Jumping into the world of the 'sinister masked electronic villain' I find it's a world I've visited before. The four tracks on this re-issue are like something from Mario, the Italian plumber who has entertained many on an old Nintendo with its honky-tonky organ and keyboard, which is so advanced for the time of recording but now like old games soundtracks. As the first track begins however, I'm reminded more of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker', with it's parping trumpets and jolly ballroom rhythm taking you swaying with it.
The second track's title roughly translates as 'The Dance of the Glowworms' and I envisage this to either be playing during the end credits of Mario or in some disturbing puppet dance as choreographed by Tim Burton. It is a rather creepy piece with its stilted electronic keyboard contrasting with a tremendously flowery piano line. The next track 'Le siffleur et son chien' (The Whistler and his Dog) is an upbeat number which rumbles along with a whistle for the melody and brings images of strolling gaily along the seafront.
The final track takes us back to Mario. In fact I'm sure this was in Mario. It has a floating melody which just goes higher and higher throughout the track as it rumbles into memories of the seaside and the days when a 99 did actually cost 99p. Unfortunately it's impossible to escape the Mario comparison for those of a certain age, but that does not do the record justice.
Considering this was made in 1960, it is a great piece, merging ballroom and electronic perfectly. A testament to Perrey is that the tracks would fit well into both a ballroom or mixed into a DJ set. It's a record of contradictions which will confound or delight.
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