French producer-turned-artist Vitalic returns with a fresh assault on the dance world this week, with his smartest collection to date.
Rave Age seems to have a number of links and similarities to Vitalic’s previous releases but is considerably less constructed and unique in contrast. However, this doesn’t detract from the artist’s strategic and astute control he has over delivering sounds. The album continues throughout with that European untreated and unrefined techno that stands out against many artists in his category. The album produces a merge of genres, which include indie, punk and disco, all layered on progressive techno floor fillers.
This indie influence and mainstream approach hits you immediately as the album opens with ‘Rave Kids Go’, a great start to the album, this may not appeal to the older fans of Vitalic but will inevitably bring in a wider audience of followers. Progressing into the sharper second track, ‘Stamina’, an intelligent tune, full of technically brilliant fluid drops. The track ‘No More Sleep’, show’s Vitalic at his best and most confident, a great piece of techno, with little interference.
‘Rave Age uses the talents of many French vocalists, including Owlle and Rebeka Warrior (Sexy Sushi). The French stars appear on ‘Under Your Sun’ and ‘La Mort Sur Le Dancefloor’. ‘La Mort Sur Le Dancefloor’, is another punk influenced track, which works exceptionally well, with a great beat throughout. Layered with fantastic vigorous vocals and an almost Icona Pop feel. The album closes with ‘The legend of Kasper Hauser’, a slightly chilled contribution that finishes the collection suitably.
Vitalic has created a substantial album, full of many potential hit tracks. ‘ Rave Age’ is a credible compilation of techno tunes, packed full of musical talent from the French artist and fellow contributors.