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Dirty Space Disco

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

July 24, 2007
D*I*R*T*Y, a Parisian collective operating under a mandate to release compilation albums and organize parties in the French capital, have to date moved untold booties and released four music collections to stores. Dirty Space Disco is the title of the collective's fourth compilation, and it is the first in another series devoted to music of the more cosmic kind. "Cosmic-" and "Space-" disco are the subjects of this disc, while the next will be devoted to weird psychedelic French pop from the 1970s. One of the first thoughts that hit me when I first considered Dirty Space Disco was if there could really be enough of such music to fill an entire compilation album. D*I*R*T*Y found enough scraps littered about to bring these sounds to the streets of Paris, but as for whether there could really be enough of such music to fill an entire compilation album with quality songs, the answer is no, unfortunately not.

Dirty Space Disco features 13 tracks from artists like Roedelius, Clara Mondshine, and Yellow Power, and ranges from down tempo ambient pieces to more spacey disco tracks. Unfortunately, almost half the songs on the disc feel as hollow as filler, and they frequently call up the urge to reach for the skip button.

As songs, some of the tracks are, quite simply, weak. As documents, however, they do the shameless task of compiling tracks that might be otherwise lost in time. Just like all those compilations of old 70s movie soundtrack instrumental psychedelica (you know which ones I'm talking about) that people buy but never really listen to (you know what I'm talking about), Dirty Space Disco documents a genre for posterity, or possibly alien explorers deep in the future.

The pickings will be slim for any bubble-eyed green spacemen that happen to touch down on the Champs-Élysées and find this time capsule, but they will find Yellow Powers' track "Hai Samurai" to be the collection's standout. One of the more upbeat and danceable cuts, "Hai Samurai" also manages to avoid drowning in cosmic sounds, which is kinda rare and uplifting for a compilation of this kind.

If you like to collect compilations of rare genres, or if you are simply one of those people with a music library overflowing with one-hit albums no one has ever heard of, then Cosmic Space Disco is the record for you. It also means you're a geek and, in some way, however indirectly, increases the chances that bubble-eyed green spacemen will be emptying their onboard toilet tank over your house in Paris some day.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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