Denise Rules – Out of Tune
Label: Carton PâteScore: 8/10
We’ve dealt with some failry unusual stuff on these pages before, but they don’t come much more unusual than the work of French duo Denise Rules. A truly intriguing and diverse proposition, they meld everything from hip-hop to house to techno under one all umbrella, and if that sounds like a lot to take in, then you haven’t encountered the sounds yet…
Their latest finds a home on the Carton Pâte imprint, a label with a rich understanding of the sort of sounds that Denise Rules have in their locker. Anyway, on to the Out of Tune EP, and it’s nothing if not aptly titled. ’93 Feet’, a dizzying slice of off-kilter electro is first up. Enough to put your head in a spin, it’s also sure to find favour with similarly inclined DJs a la Soulwax et al. The title track finishes up where the latter left off, but is even more robust in stature. An ear-grating gem, this is acid house at its most potent.
‘Deep’ goes all weird again, before Nikitch goes for a dubstep/garage vibe on their classy take on ‘Feet’. Hats off to all involved here for taking a chance; the results speak for themselves.