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Fraser McAlpine | 09:32 UK time, Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Duck Sauce video

Disco-house is a quirky kind of a musical hybrid, don't you think? On one level, it's a fairly simple idea, to take the very best ideas from disco - a genre which is full of very good ideas, and therefore ripe for plunder - and subject them to the kind of production techniques which are more commonly used in house music. The name writes itself, really.

On the other hand, sometimes it's an excuse to take an average house track - loops, stutters, repeats and all - and tart it up with disco dressing, so's to fill in the inspiration gaps and pass it off as a proper song.

So, when Armand Van Helden and DJ A-Trak, the people who 'present' this song to a grateful nation, make the claim that Duck Sauce are "re-inventing disco house for a new generation", it's only natural to welcome the news with crossed fingers and a whispered prayer to the heavens.

(Here's the video. It's like fireworks in human form.)

I think it's fair to say we're in good hands, don't you?

Yes, the production touches are already a decade old, which makes this a total nostalgia-fest but for two different musical eras, simultaneously...which is a recipe for a headache if ever I saw one.

Yes, it's a good short song which has been extended to within a fraction of an inch of becoming annoyingly repetitive.

And yes, it would possibly be better if Armand Van Helden concentrated on making more brilliant songs like 'Bonkers', rather than pretending to be Spiller remixing Room 5...

...but you can't deny this is total dancefloor heaven, and the chorus is a DOOZY, which is not to be sniffed at. At ease, rocksnobs!

Four starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: October 26th
www.myspace.com/ducksaucenyc
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

Armband Van HalenPS: Anything which gives me an excuse to drag out this picture again - from the ChartBlog-registered funny name game Armband Van Halen - is just FINE BY ME.

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