Album review

Stylophonic - Man Music Technology

Ital house has a cheesy, chequered past. But with Spiller, Jolly Music and now Stylophonic, it's finally getting good again. Here Parisian filter funk and NY hip hop are twisted into loop-da-loop thrills that combine messy hedonism with pristine precision. There are occasional flirtations with acid jazz, but more plentiful are the familiar '80s synth sounds, creating a sense of fresh urgency. Fontana has an assured touch. All he lacks are the gargantuan confidence and guile of Daft Punk.

Rating: 3 / 10


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