Synth-bothering indie-popsters Friendly Fires are the latest contributors to the uniformly excellent Late Night Tales series, and they seem desperate to prove just how diverse their tastes are. Oh, and their underground credentials. So, we get fuzzy stoner disco (Renee), curious French electro-disco oddness (Space), shirts-off end of night goodness (the much-played but still ace "Like An Eagle" by Dennis Parker), krautrock-inspired indie pop (Stereolab, Cocteau Twins), classic US garage (Iron Galaxy), future anthems (SBTRKT), dream-pop (Junior Boys, Lauren Halo), folksy musings (Grouper), and even a dash of Olivia Newton-John (the decidedly Balearic "Love Song"). While a cynic may raise a surprised eyebrow at some of the selections, there's no denying their quality.
Somewhat surprisingly, it's been eight years since the debut album from French electro-disco misfits Golden Bug. All these years on, the project is now the sole preserve of Barcelona-based Frenchman Antoine Harispuru. He uses V.I.C.T.O.R as an opportunity to showcase the various sides of his musical personality, variously touching on new wave-tinged deep house ("Black Soul"), warped post-punk-meets-dub disco heaviness (the Mascara-clad strut of "Wild Boys"), bubbly acid-disco ("Krokodil"), stylish, alternative '80s electrofunk (the squidgy "The Face Of Another"), trippy electronica (the superb "Dos Pallilos"), and 1980s horror movie soundtracks (album closer "Danse Machine"). Yet despite the disparate - if complimentary - influences, V.I.C.T.O.R hangs together brilliantly.