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  • Audio CD (25 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Different
  • ASIN: B0007Q6PW4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Million Dollar Studio
2. Polkamatic
3. Poney Part 1
4. My Friend Dario
5. Wooo
6. La Rock 01
7. The Past
8. No Fun
9. Poney Part 2
10. Repair Machines
11. Newman
12. Trahison
13. U and I
14. Valletta Fangares

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CD Album, Enh, Sli

BBC Review

French techno producer Pascal Arbez laboured a good few years in relative obscurity under the guises of Dima and Hustler Pornstar before releasing his Poney EP as Vitalic.

The release got him instantly hailed as a new electro-techno messiah, with three of the four cuts from the EP - 'La Rock 01' and the two Poney tracks, Parts 1 and 2 - went on to become huge anthems, drooled upon by a diverse range of major players like 2 Many DJs, Aphex Twin and Sven Vath.

It's taken the best part of four years for Arbez to follow up on his mega-success, but after hearing Ok Cowboy you realize that waiting isn't perhaps such a bad thing after all.

The ebullient spirit that infused the EP is highly prevalent throughout the new album. The big three tunes mentioned are featured but rather than sticking out like sore anthems, they are neatly sutured into the rest of the rugged and variegated landscape.

They are provided back up by more beefy salvos constructed from acidic, guitar-heavy workouts, that boast no-nonsense behemoth beats and, more often than not, a growing sense of mild insanity.

In particular the stuttering electro freakout of "My Friend Dario", the synthesized wail of "No Fun" and the serious urgency of "Newman" and "Repair Machines" come across as intensely dense yet not claustrophobic.

That's down to some studio ingenuity on Arbez's part, most notably his refusal to use samples, which allows for a plethora of possibilities in terms of utilizing synthesizers for impeccable emulations of drums, guitars and even accordions. It also creates the raw, old-school flavour that permeates every second of the project.

The Dionysian, sweat-drenched excesses of the album are tempered not by insipid dreamscapes but by moments of intriguing experimentation. Some of these - "U and I" for example sounds a little unfinished, but the jovial skip of "Wooo" and "The Past", the fairground hip hop of "Trahison" and the militaristic tattoo of closer "Valletta Fanfares" are all compelling in their own ways.

One of the best two fingered salutes so far to the myopic prophets of dance music's doom, Ok Cowboy is vibrant, visceral and vital in a way that Daft Punk and other established dancefloor luminaries can no longer manage. --Jack Smith

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. C. Tompson on 2 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
Vitalic is the musical personality of the Frenchman, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas, whose experimental form of electronic dance production is increasingly stirring the waters of the DJ scene. Rather than sampling musical instruments or the vocals of 1980s power-ballads, Vitalic relies on an innovative use of the synthesizer and therefore is a new advert for the creative talents of dance production. Indeed, from the opening track, 'Polkamiatic', Vitalic's musical art effectively drags the listener into a chaotic circus of electronic sound. However, Ok Cowboy rapidly descends into an underground of industrial techno, epitomised by the dark and sinister undertones of 'Poney Part One' and 'La Rock 01'. Even so, Vitalic's experimentation is notably effective in 'My Friend Dario', a pulsating electro-rock anthem which would shake the foundations of any euphoric dance theatre. A must for budding DJs and underground dance enthusiasts, Ok Cowboy rebukes the notion that dance music is dead. Conversely, it is enduring a process of creative evolution.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Walsh on 26 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
For starters the guy in question here ain't no techno cowboy. Having released the Pony EP in 2001 at the height of the genre of electoclash, many house-heads were predicting that Vitalic (originally from Ukraine) would follow in the footsteps of Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin and all the other trashy purveyors of the scene.
However this proved to be a fad. Instead Vitalic settled down in France (where he grew up) and spent a good four years perfecting his debut album.
What becomes apparent straight away is that Vitalic is now belonging to this very great line of French exports like Air, Etienne De Crecy and Daft Punk. That latter name bears more significance than anyone could have thought because as Daft Punk made their latest LP 'Human After All' in just six weeks, the results were definitely mixed as half of it sounded hurried and brash.
But when the dynamite of 'My Friend Dario' explodes from a pair of well wired-up speakers, Vitalic is the dynamic force carrying the baton now for French Disco - more than a mere name to drop - the tracks here back this claim up.
There are the downtempo experiments needed to balance out the headrush of tracks like 'No Fun'. For example opener 'Polkmatic' and post-modern track 'The Past' are layered with breathtaking sequential synths sounding like the perfect pulse-rate.
All of the killer singles are there, making this the perfect all-round document to get started on Vitalic. The trademark sound is maintained all way through giving this the deserved 5 stars above.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
Now this is what I call a dance album. Make no mistake O.K. Cowboy deserves its place in silver shimmering dance floor heaven along with "Leftism", "Homework" and "The Techno Rose of Blighty" which is still my all time favourite. While it lacks that masterpieces giddy organic grace and is a little too predictable at times, relying too much on those mid and high range synth sounds , it's an absolute treat to listen to. Listening to the album whilst writing this I had declare anything within a ten foot range of my computer desk a cup of tea free zone as I was in grave danger of sloshing it everywhere jigging about in my chair .
There is the massive and pulverising "La Rock 01" which has been a centrepiece of many a D.J. set since the release of the "Poney" E.P. in 2001.I, ve often wondered what a cement mixer tap dancing on aluminium in a wind tunnel would sound like and now I know. Equally propulsive is the latest single "My Friend Dario". This is so powerful it gave me an attack of fremitus which is not good when you're swallowing half masticated Garibaldi but is great if you want to bounce around the room like you've just stepped on a giant mousetrap. There's lot's more in this vein which is terrific but there is also by way of variety the cheesily melodic "Polkamatic" or the lovely "The Past" which sounds like The Future Sound Of London doing the soundtrack to "Bladerunner". The shimmering malleable synths on "Poney Part 2" are fantastic and the generally incomprehensible vocal bits and bats on tracks like "Repair Machines" or "Newman" compliment the music rather than overpower it or get in the way too much.Even the madcap percussive extremes of "Valleta Fanjares" which is like Cozy Powell on fast forward does,nt grate too much.
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The most believeable fact about this CD which I have been waiting to arrive for several weeks since I heard about it is that Vitalic have achieved the impossible which is to layer beats one on the other and underneath chords to the extent that there is a beat which is utterly dub and rises until a kind of soft trance nerve comes peeking out from below. Like DJ Sartre or Lord of the Noise or even DJ DaBizzombe the whole entire experience is one of outstanding euphoric noise which laps like water on a quiet shore until walls of sound crash against the listener and drown him/her in bass leaps and troughs. A comparable effect is achieved on Vitalic's first collection of work where the powerful cutting betrays some of the quieter sampling which is almost too subtle to really lift you out of your chair and dance like a dog which has just come off valium after a twelve year prescription.

I would have to say this is perhaps the best sub layered beat-wall effect chord shifting noise wall I have heard from a dance act since Paul Hartnoll's work on Orbital's Brown album. I would seriously recomend it to anyone looking to find some subtle , quieter techno whether they prefer beats which are controlled on their own or worked around inside harder dub effects.
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