As soon as the opening notes of French duo Housse De Racket’s second album descend you’re made aware that this is a record with a sense of limitless scale. Opening salvo ‘Human Nature’ sounds like something from the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack, mixed with vintage Soulwax before giving way to a chorus that’s pure Kraftwerk. ‘Alesia’ continues like this throughout, sweeping every seminal electronica and dance band into a bag and hurling it out from the speakers. It’s no surprise to find out that the duo of Pierre Leroux and Victor Le Masne began life as session musicians for Air and Phoenix, such is their sense of epic electro, fused with catchy choruses and sparkly production. In spite of being a bit like playing a game of ‘Name that influence’, it’s a great listen and one that can sit up there with the records it so clearly looks up to.

By Tom Goodwyn

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