There's not very much to say about the Rubber soundtrack, other than the fact that it's good, and most definitely better than the lacklustre effort dance pioneers Daft Punk released recently with TRON: Legacy, where they failed to utilise Disney's money and a 90-piece orchestra to any interesting use. What we have here with Mr Oizo and Gaspard Auge is a duo of French electronic minds with much lower expectations and a much lower budget.

Rubber has been the latest excuse for at least one French band to refuse to even start recording new material, at least for Justice's Gaspard Auge, and that's strange, considering the album sounds like it was the product of a very casual collaboration between him and Mr. Oizo. But this isnâ't an insult, as Auge's knack for classical grandiloquence finds an unlikely compliment in Mr. Oizo's sense of humour. Perhaps what this music was made to score is worth thinking about; a film where Robert, a tire with a telepathic gift, that has been abandoned in the desert suddenly comes to life and explores the land with a strange passion for bloodlust.

With 14 songs in 30 minutes, it's quite a diverse set, which is more than you would expect from a film of such absurdity. Title track and previously released 'Rubber' is familiar Mr. Oizo territory; musically schizophrenic with a scratched line of bleeptronics and hyperactive vocal samples. In fact, the track finds its feet towards the end when bass patterns reminiscent of Justice in all their pompousness take centre stage. There is album opener 'Sympho' and closer 'Sunsetire' with their pensive orchestrations, and perhaps album highlights 'Tricycle Express' and 'Shelia' which are a variation on the sort of escalating retro electro synth pieces that often appear on Ed Banger releases. 'Polocaust' changes the feel to a certain degree as Oizo and Auge craft a grizzly symphony of sorts with a Baroque-inspired melody, which without any doubt is the backdrop to a scene involving chickens.

However, though you can hear obvious influence from Justice, Rubber cannot be compared to Oizo's previous effort Lambs Anger as they are in totally different areas musically. Gone are the club beats and frantic samples, as Rubber is more self-indulgent and atmospheric. The only song on the album that could find place on Lambs Anger would be 'Le Caoutchouc', as the synths conflict with each other in a hypnotising fashion, like many of the tracks from that record.

In terms of whether it is enjoyable to listen to, it is, but fans have to be aware that there are not many typical 'Ed Banger tracks' on this record, and so those expecting that may be disappointed.

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