Going to great lengths

French producer Danton Eeprom’s debut album is rather difficult to pin down. Yes Is More, released on Fondation Records on 8 March, is an ambitious admixture of techno, rock, electro, disco and funk with a bit of Young Americans-era Bowie thrown in for good measure.

A lurid, teasing vocal on "The Feminine Man" repeats, “maybe…maybe not”, which is fitting for an album that defies expectations. An accordion introduces "Give Me Pain" before giving way to a deep groove — a growling funk-bass, reminiscent of a lion’s post-prandial yawn. In creeps a gorgeous electro synth, which in turn builds towards a sudden blast of trumpets. The centrepiece of the album, "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater", is more straightforward – dark, brooding techno that has already caught the attention of a certain Andrew Weatherall. This is carefully crafted electronic music, and is sure to be one of the most varied, playful and unusual albums you’re likely to hear right now (as well as one of the most distinctive album covers we've seen in a while). Oliver Maclennan

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