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Boomkat Product Review:
Franck Vigroux pays heavy tribute to Mika Vainio, his late collaborator and major inspiration, with a powerful album of blacksmith electronic brutality finding a logical home on Raster.
Vainio’s influence inspires Vigroux to some of his most striking work on ‘Ballades sur lac gelé’, clearly using a similar palette and style to the late great pioneer, but patenting the sound with his own sense of dramaturgy and a more direct dancefloor approach that’s got us doing the office chair bounce right now.
The surging drama of opening cut ‘Drive’ dates back to when Vigroux was working with Vainio, and when corona lockdown kicked in, he was prompted to finish it off and expand on the results in a proper tribute to his late peer. The Finnish legend’s spirit is lurking over the rest of the album, from the scowling, icy stepper ‘Cygnus X-1’, to the effortlessly whirring mechanics of ’Styx’, isolationist ambience in ‘Acqua Alta’, and his manacled manipulation of raw electric noise in ‘Atotal’.