France is really taking hold of the electronic music scene. Not that this is anything new, mind you, but these past few years have seen a slew of great music coming out of this particular country. Obviously the likes of Justice and Daft Punk come to mind, but then you have people like Mr. Oizo, Sebastian Tellier, Debmaster, Ego Twister Records, Kavinsky…..basically, too many to name. Fitting in with all this stuff is Acid Washed, a duo from Paris whose influences range from Steve Reich to Giorgio Moroder, DFA Records to Detroit Techno. Their self-titled debut album just dropped yesterday on Record Makers (also home to Kavinsky). Pick it up.
Gatekeeper – “Optimus Maximus”
Scary synth madness from Chicago’s Gatekeeper. Part Italo Disco, part industrial, part 80’s soundtrack music. Released last year on Fright Records. Highly recommended for fans