August 3rd, 2009 | Album reviews

Download: The Polyamorous Affair “White Hot Magic”


(from Bolshevik Disco out now on Manimal)

While it may be too late for our old Communist adversaries to change the course of history, perhaps it’s still not too late to save electronic music from robotic beats and a tendency to take itself too seriously. The new album from this Los Feliz duo begins with what sounds like a final message preparing the masses to prepare for the armageddon, and then suddenly turns into “Moscow After Dark.” Songs like “Push Your Fashion To The Limit” and an inspired cover of Lou Reed’s “Satellite of Love” are perfect for the dance floor or for cozying up to sexy Russian double-agent babes while sipping 16 oz. vodkas. The production—as provided by Eddie Chacon—is meticulous and the shared vocals by Chacon and Sissy Sainte-Marie are campy fun without distracting from the party. Their live shows tend to rely on video backdrops but Bolshevik Disco definitely stands on its songs. I like it a lot better than last year’s electronic bubblegum poop by MGMT—which received so much airplay, it could almost be considered propaganda. I also enjoy it better than Faberge eggs or anything else to come out of Moscow.

—Scott Schultz