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on 29 April 2003
A new venture from Benjamin Cohen aka Benjamin Diamond; a truly amazing man unknown by face by famously refusing to have his picture taken by any press. Sound familiar, yes, just like Daft Punk and Stardust, he wears reflective masks. This is because Benjamin Diamond is the founder of Daft Punk and Stardust. This is why the sound is so familiar in the album (not identical but within the same genre of funky and electronic house). Benjamin says his sound for this album was greatly influenced by his main companions in Stardust Thomas Bangalter and Alain "Braxe" Queme( Queme collaborated with Fred Falke to create the notorious song "intro")who convinced him to create a more soft and pumping sound for his album. The album itself is a very enjoyable litsen for any music lover but for fans of the genre, this is an absolute gem; just when the album sounds like going downhill after the first two excellent songs and going into a pop-esque dance album. benjamin uses his excellent contacts, notably Fafa Monteco (half of Superfunk) to whip up a real classic in your arms, 300,000 sales in france alone. but unlike other dance albums which rely on one song to hold it together(e.g:Air- sexy boy)where you just skip to that particular track, this album can really keep your concentration levels high as it goes on to the big tunes. The album was so well respected among dj's that Cosmo Vitelli, reputed to be the most choosy dj in terms of venue and his choice of song to remix, gave half of the album a good once over in his typical style. Great stuff.
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on 8 March 2001
To say that the French have a monopoly on rediculously catchy pop would be the understatement of the year. The newest discovery amongst this new generation of pop gems is Benjamin Diamond. Like French counterparts Les Rythmes Digitales and Daft Punk, Benjamin delivers irresistably funky dance floor shakers, while keeping the whole thing in perspective using classic pop form, much like Phoenix and Tahiti 80 (also French). There are moments when the whole thing seems perhaps a touch contrived, but therein lies the ultimate sparkle of this record. Its a joy to listen to from start to finish.
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on 3 May 2002
If you liked the hit single "Music sounds better with you" you will like this album. It has the same dreamy French beat, infused with tight vocals. As a daft punk fan, I brought this album on the off chance that it would be like them. However although linked in some ways, in many other ways it is not and brings breath of fresh air to the genre. Top tracks of album are "Little Scare" and the fantastic "U were born"
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