Bosco

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Breaking on U.S. shores hot on the heels of French outfits like Air, Daft Punk, and Mellow, the duo of Stéphane Bodin and Françoise Marché boast a danceable sound that should be all too familiar to fans of any of the aforementioned groups. Taking a healthy dose of disco, a dash of house, a sprinkle of electro-funk, and enough vocoder-processed vocals to make Midnight Starr jealous, Bosco sounds like the last 25 years of dance music jammed into a groove processor, then set on frappé. The band has a colorful personality and an uncanny ear for melodic hooks, which lends tracks like "Satellite" and "Nonstop Nonsense" (which features B-52's frontman Fred Schneider on vocals) an infectiousness that's hard to deny. But their unusual sense of musical simplicity occasionally makes Action feel like a techno novelty, with minimalist jingles like "Mr. Fresh" making Trio's "Da Da Da" sound about as complex as "Bohemian Rhapsody" by comparison. This isn't a bad record by any means, and will almost certainly appeal to fans of Daft Punk in particular, but you might not be able to escape a nagging sense that you've heard it all before.

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