Label: Kitsune Release date: Out Now Website: Logo Official Myspace Logo, to many people who have already heard of them, will be ‘one of those bands from the Kitsune Maison compilations’ and that is absolutely no bad thing. Now their debut EP La Vie Moderne is being released by the mighty compilation curators, and, well, it’s more of the same. Again, absolutely no bad thing. Like their stripped down, minimalist Myspace page (always a good first port of call) the French electro duo seem to have nothing to prove, despite being so early on in their career. The music they make is pleasingly un-pretentious too; albeit not terribly original. That said, their brand of funk-inspired, purely instrumental electro is enticing, enveloping, and would frankly sound absolutely massive pumped out of any speakers larger than those of a crappy hi-fi. 'Junocide' (which debuted on the most excellent Kitsune Maison 8) begins with a pulsing two-tone synth, its pitch bending subtly until a minimalist beat is introduced which fills out after a minute or so. It’s not until the 1:40 mark that the first melody proper starts up, but by that time I always find myself already slightly hypnotised by the perfectly measured and chic percussion and flourishes. Logo could be said to ape classic Royksopp in parts, and whilst it’s fair to say there are similarities, La Vie Moderne is evidence that the former are quickly forging their own identity. The titular track of the EP is a substantially funkier affair, the kind that gets your head nodding before you even realise that your feet are tapping madly. It’s the kind of precise, cool, playful tune that just begs to be turned up and up and up. At the same time, it would be ideal to bliss out to,; the persistent rhythms and nuances of the synth lines are complex if you really concentrate on them, but meld together very naturally and organically. So I’ve established that the two originals are chic and noteworthy. The remixes also contained herein (by DyE, GOHAN and DANTON EEPROM respectively) muck around with the source material so much the results are new songs in their own right. GOHAN’s slow-building, more minimal remix of ‘La Vie Moderne’ is a highlight, though EEPROM’s borderline house remix is also strong. All in all, this is in many ways an incredibly predictable EP. Signed to a tastemaking French electro/pop label, a French electro/pop duo, and two songs out of seven that you’ve probably already heard. Perhaps their band name is apt then; a kind of simultaneous statement that they’re happy to be a ‘brand’ because they’re resigned to inevitability that it’s what you become. Whatever the philosophical value behind it, Logo have proved that the modern life can sound bloody good after all.
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