Various Artists

Crydamoure Presents Waves

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is the quiet member of French house duo Daft Punk, which is no small feat considering that the pair are notorious for not giving interviews and for wearing masks in every press photo. But while Thomas Bangalter is certainly better known for his extra-Daft activities, including the mega-hit "The Music Sounds Better With You," de Homem-Christo spent much of the four years between Daft Punk albums recording filtered disco-house with partner Eric "Rico" Ch├ędeville under the name Le Knight Club and releasing these scorching tracks on his own Crydamoure label. This mix compilation of Crydamoure's catalog is exactly what one would expect when hearing the words French house: heavily filtered disco loops that sample well-known '70s artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Quincy Jones, Sister Sledge, Chaka Khan, and even trumpet superstar Chuck Mangione. The orchestral sweeps and horn stabs are tightly edited until they become percussive in nature, with everything layered over bumping Chicago house beats. Le Knight Club is responsible for most of these tracks, while DJ Sneak and Paul Johnson also contribute to the selection. The homogeny of producers and the looped nature of these cuts make for a package that, while energizing in tempo, lacks the diversity one would hope from a full CD. The tempo, sound, and mood of Crydamoure's tracks never vary from the set template. Only those with an insatiable appetite for French house will likely make it to the end of this disc.

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