Review: French new wave adventurers Tristesse Contemporaine have previously impressed with a pair of albums that join the dots between angry, angular guitar-rock, chilly cold-wave and Mascara-boasting dark-wave revivalism. In its original form, "I Do What I Want" is a short but sweet blast of droning intensity, all skittering drum machine beats, raucous guitars and stylish vocals. It's even more potent in its Live Version form, which sounds like "NagNagNag" era Cabaret Voltaire with additional Gallic swagger. The real highlight of this EP, though, is Arnaud Rebotini's angular, robotic coldwave remix, which stutters and spurts impressively over its four and a half minute duration. The druggy intensity and slow house pulse of the Capablanca vs Moscoman version is pretty beguiling, too.
Review: A very cool Parisian trio, comprising Narumi, Leo and Malk, not only are Tristesse Contemporaine signed to the Dirty label but they've got their shining light - remixer and one-half-of-Discodeine, Pilooski - on board as producer for their forthcoming debut album. "I Didn't Know" is sure to create a lot of interest, thanks to its Optimo-friendly dark disco vibe, complete with scratchy, Joy Division-esque bass leads and deep, '80s Chicago-style vocals. Australian chillwave duo Erik Omen cook up a Valium-friendly remake for the EP that transforms TC's original into a shining and chiming slo-mo essential, making this a hugely recommended release indeed.