DE LUX: MORE DISCO SONGS ABOUT LOVE
More Disco Songs About Love
In hip-hop, guest verses can make or break a rising artist’s album. That may or may not be true in the world of post-disco dance-punk, but one thing’s for sure: L.A. duo De Lux scored a couple of top-shelf features on their new album More Disco Songs About Love. First up is Salvatore Principate of disco-not-disco pioneers Liquid Liquid, whose relaxed vocal on “Smarter Harder Darker” nicely offsets the song’s skittish rhythm and lush chorus. Later, Mark Stewart of English avant-punk giants the Pop Group pops up on “Stratosphere Girl,” giving the song’s variegated funk vibe with a serrated edge. If these appearances are evidence De Lux—musicians Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco—has won the respect of its elders, then the rest of More Disco Songs About Love is proof they deserve it. De Lux’s third album is a sonic step up from the duo’s 2015 classic Generation, with silkier synths, bouncier bass lines and snappier snares from start to finish. “875 Dollars” sets a love song for a home to a chirpy synth line and a melancholy melody. “Cause For Concern” is a maximalist pop song built atop a chunky funk groove. And “Music Snob” showcases De Lux’s sense of humor, with low, purring vocals (“My girlfriend doesn’t like me because I hate to do laundry”) juxtaposed against a hyperactive beat loop. As on their first two albums, De Lux finds a perfectly enjoyable place to make music, somewhere along the spectrum between the lean post-punk of Talking Heads, the effervescent pop of Phoenix and the 21st century electro-ennui of LCD Soundsystem. More Disco Songs About Love is dance music for growing up.