Laurent Garnier has had an immeasurably profound and positive impact on underground electronic music. He has been there since year zero and has always championed great artists. Garnier's own output may have slowed in recent years - thankfully, 33 Tours does much to redress this imbalance. It's his most dance floor friendly album, and this approach is clear from the outset with the brooding, heavy chords of "Tales From The Real World" and "Liebe Grusse Aus Cucuron". Garnier's love of Detroit music is audible on the atmospheric "On The Record (3)"and "Cinq O'Clock Le Matin" - which are exactly the type of moody, musical grooves you'd expect him to play out. However, this album impresses precisely because he doesn't remain rooted in one sound. "Saturn Drive Duplex" has a post-punk edge thanks to Suicide frontman Alan Vega's slurred vocals. On a different tact but just as memorable, "Sake Stars Forever" is a classic slice of Garnier-esque big room techno thanks to its humming bass. It all come s together to make for a career tour de force.
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