Adrienne Day
February 08, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

BIPPP: French Synth Wave 1979-85

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
Electronic

We gave it a B+

Early-’80s postpunk begat not only marquee acts like Depeche Mode but a ”cold” wave of bands unknown outside their native France. This compilation, BIPPP: French Synth Wave presents a rare glimpse into a parallel universe that eschews English for français, and guitars for monochrome synth stabs and robotic vocals, offering cool, Kraftwerkian homages to the mechanics of movement (à la TGV’s ”Partie 1”). These idiosyncratic bands helped set the blueprint for current dance artists like Daft Punk, and it’s fascinating to hear how this revolution all began. B+
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