Music

Allez Allez: Best of Allez Allez

Just in time for the resurgent popularity of disco, a groovy collection from Belgians Allez Allez.


Allez Allez

Best of Allez Allez

Label: Eskimo
US Release Date: 2008-06-24
UK Release Date: Available as import
Amazon
iTunes

Synthesis in popular culture seems to cyclically undo itself -- futuristic '80s builds on Northern Soul led to revived interested in Motown (and some kind of associated “authenticity” of grit). Now it seems that the electro-house blogging elite have turned their sites toward disco; the more obscure and French, the better! It’s perfect timing, then, for fresh ears on Allez Allez, a brief, bright blip of Belgian disco and new wave from the early '80s.

As a frontwoman, American Sarah Osbourne is possessed of the same celebratory ecstasy as contemporary Lizzy Mercier Descloux, while musicians Kristiaan Debusscher and Nicolas Fransolet search for the African polyrhythmic routes in American disco. The results are sublime pieces like “She’s Stirring Up” or “Marathon Dance”, balanced out by the slower mystery of “African Queen”. Then there’s the unusually accented bongos on “Wrap Your Legs (Around Your Head)”, which wins first prize in the title competition.

Of course, a retrospective these days isn’t complete without remixes from the some hot young producers, and Best of Allez Allez obliges with four tacked on at the end. Thankfully, the remixers don’t try to vomit ugly electro-house beats on the source material, preferring instead to beef up the percussion, and let a few passages ride a minute or so longer. Least essential of the reworkings is, surprisingly, the most well know, as Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas add six minutes of running time and some unnecessarily annoying wood blocks and synth squeals to the airtight “Allez Allez”. Still, the main event -- those dynamite originals -- hit the sweet spots of the soul and the pelvis, and what’s more important than that?

8
Music


Books


Film


Recent
Music

The Top 20 Punk Protest Songs for July 4th

As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.

Books

90 Years on 'Olivia' Remains a Classic of Lesbian Literature

It's good that we have our happy LGBTQ stories today, but it's also important to appreciate and understand the daunting depths of feeling that a love repressed can produce. In Dorothy Strachey's case, it produced the masterful Olivia.

Music

Indie Rocker Alpha Cat Presents 'Live at Vox Pop' (album stream)

A raw live set from Brooklyn in the summer of 2005 found Alpha Cat returning to the stage after personal tumult. Sales benefit organizations seeking to end discrimination toward those seeking help with mental health issues.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

‘The Avengers’ Offer a Lesson for Our Time of COVID-19

Whereas the heroes in Avengers: Endgame stew for five years, our grief has barely taken us to the after-credit sequence. Someone page Captain Marvel, please.

Music

Between the Grooves of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Our writers undertake a track-by-track analysis of the most celebrated album of the 1990s: Nirvana's Nevermind. From the surprise hit that brought grunge to the masses, to the hidden cacophonous noise-fest that may not even be on your copy of the record, it's all here.

Music

Deeper Graves Arrives via 'Open Roads' (album stream)

Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium man Jeff Wilson offers up solo debut, Open Roads, featuring dark and remarkable sounds in tune with Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus.

Featured: Top of Home Page

The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.

Books

First Tragedy, Then Farce, Then What?

Riffing off Marx's riff on Hegel on history, art historian and critic Hal Foster contemplates political culture and cultural politics in the age of Donald Trump in What Comes After Farce?

Reviews

HAIM Create Their Best Album with 'Women in Music Pt. III'

On Women in Music Pt. III, HAIM are done pretending and ready to be themselves. By learning to embrace the power in their weakest points, the group have created their best work to date.

Music

Amnesia Scanner's 'Tearless' Aesthetically Maps the Failing Anthropocene

Amnesia Scanner's Tearless aesthetically maps the failing Anthropocene through its globally connected features and experimental mesh of deconstructed club, reggaeton, and metalcore.

Music

How Lasting Is the Legacy of the Live 8 Charity Concert?

A voyage to the bottom of a T-shirt drawer prompts a look back at a major event in the history of celebrity charity concerts, 2005's Live 8, Philadelphia.

Music

Jessie Ware Embraces Her Club Culture Roots on Rapturous 'What's Your Pleasure?'

British diva Jessie Ware cooks up a glittery collection of hedonistic disco tracks and delivers one of the year's best records with What's Your Pleasure.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.