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on 26 March 2009
Electropop seems to be a big deal this year, and this debut from the Filthy Dukes is stuffed with brilliant examples, but unlike many electro-wanabees they also, importantly, have the tunes. They do not disappoint (despite the grumpy NME review).

Beginning with the hypnotic This Rhythm, a healthy dollop of 80's inspiration is clear. Elevator and the joyous Messages are pop tracks that Erasure might wish that they'd written - they make it impossible to sit still; sit even.

Less manic but equally infectious are Poison The Ivy and Nonsense In The Dark, as well as Light Skips Cross Heart. Instrumental tracks are well represented, my absolute fave being the hugely danceable Twenty Six Hundred, just pipping Better Stop to the post. Also in the non-vocal category is Cul-De-Sac, which true to it's name goes absolutely nowhere, but is pleasant nonetheless.

The club hit Tupac Robot Club Rock is the sure fire party record, and like most of the album it pretty much forces you to dance like it's 1985 i.e. with a fair bit of attempted body popping (no? just me then).

This album has the bass, the beats, a surprising level of depth and strong tunes, not to mention the required amount of widdly-widdly keyboard jiggery-pokery. In short it's a big old slice of electropop heaven and I give it full marks.
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on 18 July 2009
Electro-synth-pop brings back the 80s, and this trio with guest vocalists certainly mix things up for this year's electro-pop scene. You can't help but to dance to 'Messages' and 'This rhythm' just because of the fat beats and happy cheeky riffs. For more housey dance floor burners 'Twenty six hundred' and 'You better stop' got the crowd going mad (after getting the album, I saw them play at Hoxton Sq. - awesome!). The sole hip-hop representative, 'Tupac Robot Club Rock' will get you screaming 'rock' with an American accent by the middle of the track. 'Don't fall softly', 'Poison the ivy' and the title track are all melodic track for anytime anyday listening. Sad to say didn't dig 'Cul-de-sac' - kinda like a sample filler, but that's the only track that I'm not playing.

Do yourself a favour, get this album and see these guys live.
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on 14 March 2009
Nonsense In The Dark showcases a range of styles ranging from electro (of both the eighties and noughties variety) to synth-pop that owes a lot to the 'new wave' acts such as Thomas Dolby and Tears For Fears that made it big in the U.S in the early eighties. At the start of the year many music critics were predicting that 2009 would be the year of the synth and Filthy Dukes certainly deserve crossover success with this fantastic cd.
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on 23 January 2013
Had this bunch on the radar a couple of years back after some TV coverage. Knew they were dance/techno orientated, but was interested in their concept of 'outsourcing' their work. Not sure what to make of this album? Loads of 80's techno, plinks and plonks, some of the tracks seem to work, although the title track is head and shoulders above the rest.
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on 29 July 2009
I heard the single "messages" and liked it so much that I bought the album. The music is fresh, very 80s. If you like depeche mode, yazoo etc. from the 80s try this. The songs are very varied, not samey at all. There are even 3 instrumental tracks. Nice!
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on 2 August 2009
This album is superb, it flows right from start to finish. If you are a fan of Daft Punk, Justice, Les Rythmes Digitales and Frankmusik then this is a must have.
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on 18 March 2009
Tremendous, wonderful stuff. So great to actually love new music.I appreciate it more, the more I listen to it. Always a good sign.
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