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Another archival work from the seemingly bottomless vault of Hans Joachim Roedelius, ‘Vive Le Roi’ sees the German electronic music pioneer team up with the mysterious Michelak, and the result is nothing short of electrifying. With a clear new-age bent (think “Heaven and Hel’ era Vangelis) Roedlius’s electronics are pitted against strings, percussion and all sorts of ‘ethnic’ sounds. Thankfully the album is a defiant, unusual journey which defies the trappings of the genre. In clouds of reverb and through a spatter of near-jazz, the most obvious comparison might actually be Angelo Badalamenti. There is a sense that here we find Michelak and Roedelius at their most cinematic, and ‘Vive Le Roi’ evokes a real sense of the dirty neon lights, dry ice and disrupted dancefloors of the eighties’ seamiest celluloid. Good stuff.