Monday, 14 January 2013

C2C's 'Tetra' album

Electronic French turntable group, C2C bring out their  first full length album 'Tetra'. An amalgamation of DJs and producers who have been active since the early noughties offer their latest album which has much to offer to those disco hunting and genre mashing enthusiasts out there. They endeavour to create and write music themselves with the use of turntables to create new approaches to the tracks. If you like Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Gorillaz or even Disclosure  then you'll like these boys. If you're having a down day, need a pick up, then there's not one down turned paced track on this album, o no. It's nothing but pure good fun from start to finish.

Opening with 'The Cell', the first track is gentle on the ears as far as electronica goes. Next up,
'Down the Road' is a southern state R&B influenced track. With such distinctive vocals including a strong blues line and all the magic of a harmonica - the track is a brilliant mash up of two completely clashing genres that C2C manage to blend together perfectly. With large drops, sparse instrumentation in places and massive layers in others, the track is very Daft Punk influenced, the catchy vocals and exquisite production has sewn the track together as a stand out feature on the album.

Modern day influences are evident throughout the album including garage influenced beats but 'Happy'  is reminiscent of Basement Jaxx 'Do Your Thing' whilst 'Who You Are' contains more R&B influences as well as Olivier Daysoul who has a similar sound to Sam Smith's (From Disclosure's 'Latch' track) combined with Andre 3000s rap textures. Bang on trend in other words. 'Le Banquet' has sounds and DJ-ing that screams 90s influences from the likes of Run DMC but also manages to cram in a sitar and robotic-esque vocals and in places, a dubstep like bass.

Other tracks such as 'Kings Season' (feat.Rita J & Mongai) has a distinctive bass, production and effects very similar to The Gorillaz' 'Plastic Beach' album.
 'Because of You' and 'The Beat' sounds like cousins of 'Kings Season' in that they're a similarly rap based track, slightly more melodic but less electronic based. 

'Genius' is an unexpected small gem on the album with it's 70s influenced vocals, cheesy melodies, it's neo pop/funk sounds add an air of fun and irony to a good song. Very few people could handle these kind of influences but C2C just about get away with it. Contrast that with one of the tail end tracks,  'F.U.Y.A' on the album you'd be shocked to hear that it's the same group of lads with it's strong based melodies and heavy development.

Enjoyed from beginning to end, I haven't heard music as refreshing as this for a while. Definitely a new pre-drink album for a good night out. Speaking of which, the boys are set to play KOKO on the 14th March with more dates to follow. I absolutely have to check them out live.

Fave tracks: Happy, Down The Road, Le Banquet, Genius and Delta. - Le Banquet

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