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FR - Ed Banger Records
Parisian beatmaker (who produces part-time for acclaimed french hip-hop group TTC) Mr. Flash brings us this great CD which is a compilation/mixtape of all things French and sexy. Flash produced three songs on here (“Dirty Bossa Nova,” “Lust Island,” and the subtly-named “Dildo”) and they are lush little groovers with cascading string samples and crispy drums that remind me of classic 90’s lounge/downtempo from fellow French beat maestros Mighty Bop or Bang Bang. His new tracks mesh well with the rest of the CD which is kept a mystery. From what I can glean it’s a mix of rare psychedelica, soundtracks, French vocal pop and easy listening, funky library records, and probably a good dose of 60’s and 70’s porn music. There’s also some Serge Gainsbourg on there for sure (what would a sexy French compilation be without some flavor from the Pervmeister General himself?) as well as tons of spoken word interludes between tracks which, despite being in French, are for mature audiences only. (we all know what “Oui! Oui!…ooh, oh oui!” means) Everything is rare as hell and kitschy in that 60’s/70’s French style. I picture a girl in an angular black and white dress, white tights, and black go-go boots sitting with a martini in one of those chairs that’s like a hollow sphere with a stand thinking “Por quoi?” while these tracks bang out. Perfect for any soiree where you’d like things to get “interesting” after everyone gets nice and tipsy. Flash only pressed 1000 of these, so if you wanna get down, you gotta get on it. Go to www.mr-flash.net to find out more.