Parisian party-starters Les Yeux Orange have served up some of the edit scene’s most sensational reworks of recent times. They’re at it again on their latest EP, which is hotter than a car bonnet after a day in the baking sun. Opener “Africa”, is a thrusting mid-1980s affair that smothers a throbbing, arpeggio-driven groove in breathy synth-flute motifs, ricocheting drum machine hits and choice vocal cuts. They continue on a similar vein on “Samurai”, a bustling re-edit of a mid 1980s French tune that’s as Balearic as hanging out at Amnesia while wearing paisley shirts and baggy dungarees. Best of all though is “Midnight”, a deliciously camp and sleazy affair rich in dirty arpeggio bass, over-the-top synth motifs and gravel-voiced male spoken word vocals.
Just in time for your summer of love, Good Plus is back with three tropical disco, boogie, housey and balearic edit.
It has been 4 years since I made the last ‘review of the year …’ or ‘best of … ‘ list and it was not planned for 2017, but looking back at last year somehow the music scene shifted in a good way. From the music point of view, I think we are living better times now, we can see a revival of the old school electro and acid house, afrobeat is still hot, EBM is going strong.
Parisian party starters Les Yeux Orange continue to develop their Good Plus body of work with three more obscure digs. A predominant Afro theme presides throughout as we’re massaged by the kwaito smoothness of “Avidiyo” where synth marimbas ignite instant Balearic feels, Yanga Mbiwaa struts with much more of direct Nigerian disco funk feel with its big sing-along chorus and strong sense of drive. Finally “Autoradio” provides a more contemporary almost Italo-like take on Afrofunk with some expert trippiness buried deep in the synths and arrangement.