This album is very, very French and its creator
Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez) certainly knows his onions.
'Flashmob' goes about its duty spreading
melodic mayhem like there's no tomorrow.
A little dated in the nicest possible way
but it is virtually impossible not to be swept
along by the enthusiasm and rich ideas generated
by its maker's fine musical imagination.
The apocalyptic big bass synth intrusions in
opening track 'SEE THE SEA (RED)' are the stuff
of wild nights and big, bad, bouncy disco dreams.
The bubbling post-Moroder obligato of 'Poison Lips',
together with its deconstructed, disembodied voice would
be almost impossible not to dance to on a good night out.
Had Phillip Oakey been available to contribute a lead
vocal the 80's retro-dream would be totally complete !
Title track 'Flashmob' is a dissonant rhythmic masterpiece.
A guaranteed rock-solid club anthem to be - if it isn't already.
There are very few weak moments in this stunning 13 track collection.
'Still' is a particular favorite. A fragile, fractured, almost
oriental melody is played out over a shifting, tonally complex,
arrangement of string-synth washes and skittering beats.
'Second Lives' is about as uplifting as uplifting gets.
The spirit of epic French electro is very much alive in this music.
Jeanne Michel Jarre might well have been there be smiling in the wings.
The pulsing cadences of 'STATION MIR 2009' and 'See The Sea (Blue)'
bring the genre bang up to date with skillful and knowing aplomb.
Noisy, bold as brass, single-minded and classy to the core.