Release Date: Feb 14, 2011
Record label: Pschent
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
Intriguing as it may be to imagine what Giorgio Moroder or Chic would sound like after sipping sizzurp, Discodeine don't attempt to fulfill the promise of their name. For better or worse, this pairing of veteran French dance producers Pilooski and Pentile sticks exclusively to the disco side of the divide, crafting multilayered, largely instrumental glitterball workouts. Honestly though, a few swigs of purple drank wouldn't have been the worst thing in the world for the duo's eponymous debut album, if only because it would've at least ensured some kind of switch-up in tone and pace.
This collaboration between two French producers and DJs best known for their disco re-edits and remixes of other artists' work lives up to its portmanteau moniker. It contains the expected nonchalant swing that characterises the disco revival of the past half-decade – but also the slightly numbed narcosis that's a hallmark of fellow French producers such as Chloé and Etienne Jaumet. These qualities make for uneasy bedfellows – but less because they jar interestingly, rather because they negate and detract from each other; too morose and anonymous to work as disco, too sunny and breezy to ever be really uncomfortable listening.