Quirky, cosmic library music

A quick recap of the Black Devil story for the uninitiated: Bernard Fevre and Jacky Giordano invent Daft Punk nineteen years early, with their 1978 album 'Disco Club'. The world spectacularly fails to notice until a 2004 re-release on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label.

But before all that, Fevre was busy recording the quirky, cosmic library music found on this long-deleted album. The new edition comes with remixed tracks and some new material.

It’s a groovy listen, full of burbling synths and off-kilter melodies, reminiscent of the Radiophonic Workshop. The lack of the original edits niggles though, as does the fact that some tracks have been scrapped entirely. Enjoyable stuff, but unless you’re a library boffin, you’re better off tracking down a copy of 'Disco Club' instead.


Words by Ed Salmon

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