Cosmo Vitelli

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Coming from the same scene that brought Air and Alex Gopher to the world, France's own Cosmo Vitelli is another welcome addition to that group. Vitelli, who took his name from a character in the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, has a talent for combining unlike elements and making a pleasantly quirky song out of them. The spacy slow jam "En Avant Pour la 6émé Républic" is a marvelous collage of blues riffs, echoing vocals, brash horns, and hypnotic synth lines. He really shines on "Science Affliction," his intoxicating blend of modern disco and old school rap that features a great vocal from guest rapper Jalal Nurridin. Here is where all the elements of his sound really come together, and its dance-friendly beats and heavy synth lines ensure that the song's substantial length doesn't get in the way of the fun. Some of the tracks, like "Le Voyeur," are bizarre snippets of weirdness that make the transition from one track to another. But the great part of the whole album is that even if it isn't as consistently brilliant as Air or as delightfully lush as Gopher, it creates its own niche and acts as the Autechre-esque evil cousin to their sound. Fans of the French techno scene need to hear Cosmo Vitelli -- he is truly one of the bright spots in the ever-growing scene.

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