Will Hermes
September 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Premiers Symptomes

type
Music
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

An expanded U.S. edition of Premiers Symptomes, the French electro-duo’s debut EP, collects the sumptuous instrumental singles that first seduced the Eurotrash set. ”Modular Mix” and ”Casanova 70” mix synth schmaltz, cool jazz brass, come-hither strings, and conga grooves into fairly irresistible protoplasmic soul. Two newer tracks, ”Californie” and ”Brakes On,” are amusing retro-funk, but they mess with the down-tempo perfection of the original EP. Chill, boys.

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