Its opening frames may suggest some sort of French numeracy test, but stick with the promo for Velour Modular’s ‘Forward’, because not only is it a wonderfully nonsensical visual showcase of brilliant colour and unlikely objects intruding on a bleak, washed-out landscape, but the accompanying four-minutes of ambient disco-pop confirms that Gallic groovemakers have a hand in much of today’s classiest electronic dance music. Working with London-based Spanish producer Hektagon (whose 2009 ‘Finsbury Park Interlude’ sparked obvious interest in these parts), Cannes-born chanteuse Guilhem has crafted a melodic mini-gem. An ominous choral refrain about nuclear chaos may not seem the most obvious lyric to take hold on the dancefloor, but its immediacy and the song’s crisp, minimal beats and modular synth runs are sure to generate plenty of heat. Find it on the duo’s ‘Capsule’ EP, out imminently.
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