Parisian electro-disco outfit Botox have dabbled in many a sound along the way, but this new single is something else entirely. "Grand Boulevards" is a searing, fast-paced rockabilly stormer; like Dick Dale being chased by Dick Tracy in high speed pursuit. Definitely different. Remix-wise Margot provides a cool minimal arpegiated electro version that evolves into some lovely piano work. Jared Wilson invents a kind of flowery acid house on his mix, while RoundHouse Kicks goes for properly epic electro-house.
Bot'ox are undeniably French. Their sound - an analogue-heavy blend of sparse electronics, new wave sassiness, punk rock attitude and assorted post-punk influences - is both stylish and engaging. This sophomore album - initially released last year and now available in expanded form, with a clutch of bonus cuts - is easily their strongest work to date. It effortlessly flits between fuzzy indie-pop ("2-4-1"), grandiose soundscapes (the cinematic "Back From The Suburbs"), quirky synth-pop (the Italo influenced "The Face of Another"), beatless synth-scapes ("Sans Dormir") and Beach Boys influenced E-pop (the delicious "Jeanne"). Inventive and enjoyable, with another odd turns to keep you guessing, it's more than worthy of your hard-earned cash.