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The mesmerizing eccentricity of Pepe Deluxé

May 13, 2012

Pepe Deluxé

Never have I so completely and instantly fallen in love with such a weird album.

This record sounds as if the creators time-traveled back to the 60s, wrestled a funky rocket away from a James Bond villain, took it to a psychedelic new planet and then bartered for inspiration with a tribe of aliens. I guess. It is one of the boldest records I have heard all year, combining heavy hip-hop inspired breakbeat drums with orchestral swells and bells, and I think the sounds come off remarkably well, if not entertainingly larger-than-life at times.

This group hails from Helsinki, Finland of all places, and though they have been around since the mid 90s, they are just now gaining favour with international audiences, since recently being signed with Asthmatic Kitty Records.

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