Les Rythmes Digitales - Darkdancer - Review
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critics' view

LRD's supporters generally view his 1999 Darkdancer opus as a prophetic vision that foreshadowed the current 80s electro-pop vogue; his detractors, meanwhile, see the album as a Daft Punk tribute.

Both statements contain kernels of truth. Daft Punk were certainly mining a similar musical seam before LRD hit the scene, though in Mr. Lu Cont's defence, Darkdancer was a much bolder, less ironic statement, featuring guest appearances from bonafide 80s throwbacks such as Nik Kershaw and Shannon.

Darkdancer's re-release this month has less to do with the cult status it/it's author has since achieved, and more to do with the single 'Jacques Your Body' being belatedly picked up for a Citroen car advert and subsequently climbing into the UK Top Ten.

Cynical industry machinations aside, the album doesn't sound too dated today largely due to the ongoing electro-clash/pro-80s zeitgeist that still rules today's dancefloors - the very zeitgeist in fact, that Darkdancer is said to have spawned.

The official reason for the re-issue is thus to remind us of just how far ahead of its time the project was, though of course most of us knew that already. So as not to be accused or crass opportunism, the label have included a separate CD that features remixes of Darkdancer's biggest tracks - 'Jacques Your Body', 'Music Makes You Lose Control', '(Hey You) What's That Sound?', plus unreleased tracks and two music videos.

Paul Sullivan
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