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Etienne De Crecy Super Discount 2 Review

Album. Released 2004.  

BBC Review

Etienne De Crecy returns after a seven years absence with the follow up to his seminal...

Jack Smith 2004

When Etienne De Crécy burst onto the scene back in 1997 with his Super Discount project, the influence of French electronica on dance music up until this point had been confined to Jean Michel Jarre and the racy Euro-disco of Cerrone decades earlier.

Whether EDC and compatriots Daft Punk and StGermain were directly responsible for a starring role and the mass acceptance of Air, Cassius, Stardust, Bob Sinclar et al is purely subjective; what's not is their supportrole in the breaking down of boundaries that would almost certainly be responsible for the later Gallic invasion.

Super Discount 2 is another cross-pollination of electro, techno and house with De Crécy the major architect. Its pluses include the storming instrumental "Fast Track" (an amazingly simple driving number in partnership with Julien Delfaud and Alex Gopher built around a relentless bassline), the neo-classical Daft Punk-like "Grokster" and the ultra funky bleeper, "Poisoned".

Elsewhere Giorgio Moroder's influences can be heard on the Midnight Express-like "Bit Torrent"; while the club fraternity will likely embrace "Overnet" (again with Gopher) and the simplistic analogue synths of "Limewire".

Once more De Crécy has manufactured an album of more than just mere fillers; and in the ultra addictive "Fast Track" the new wave of French techno has an anthem in the making.

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