You fly with Aeroplane once, you donâ€™t forget it. In just three years, the Italian-Belgian duo have established themselves as party-starting DJs, remixers du jour -with their spacious cosmic-disco re-rerubs of Grace Jones (Williamâ€™s Blood), Friendly Fires (Paris) and Sebastien Tellier (Kilometer) - and, via their own piano-sprinkled melancholic beauties like Caramellas, leaders of the nu-disco and Balearica scene.So Aeroplaneâ€™s debut album, We Canâ€™t Fly, arrives with sky-high hopes. Now that our appetites have been whetted by those brief, tantalising excursions, what delights await us on their maiden long-haul flight?
Plenty, it turns out. Recorded in Toulouse, Paris, London and Los Angeles, We Canâ€™t Fly (co-produced by Bertrand Burgalat), is a grown up, dazzlingly accomplished record that showcases not just a passion for stately, soulful disco and early 80s electronica, but a lush and bittersweet set of influences that stretch from Abba and film soundtracks to Floyd, the Stones and the Italian crooners that Vito Delucaâ€™s mama played him in his Brussels youth.
Aeroplane is now a one-man operation, Vito having amicably parted company with his bandmate Stephen Fasano. Not that we should be alarmed. â€œThere are worse things in life!â€ says Vito. â€œStephenâ€™s gonna do music on his own, Iâ€™m gonna do music on my own.
Los Angeles based musician/producer/dj friends creating music in their pool house turned recording studio that captures the sound of a perfect afternoon. Honing their many musical passions down to a few simple concepts, communicated as "day time disco."
Itâ€™s been a year since Cassianâ€™s last EP. And where has the kid with that haircut been? Heâ€™s been in the busy, thatâ€™s where heâ€™s been.
The lead single â€˜I Like What Youâ€™re Doingâ€™ has already been premiered on BBC Radio 1 by Jaymo & Andy George as part of their â€œPicks of 2011â€ show. It takes on the form of a powerhouse party psalm. Charged by an ever-familiar bassline and anthemic vocal performed by a shadowy, old-school Australian music identity.
Itâ€™s turned into an 80â€™s fire-funk workout by Lorenz Rhode on his â€˜Dangerous Mixâ€™ and a filtered robo-haus jammer in his â€˜Rhythm composer mixâ€™. â€˜Getting Highâ€™ is an ode to newfangled clubbers, to those who come out every week and just want to party. Samples are cut up ala Iron Chef and the second half of the song explodes with a twisting acid line (used to great effect on The Courtesans remix).
â€˜Nobodyâ€™ is appropriately named as itâ€™s a song for everybody. The song chugs along at a slow pace and features a climactic crescendo of geetars, peeeano, seeeeenths and vibreeeeephone in the breakdown. New Bris-Vegas deeeeesco legends Mitzi turn it inside out and push the pace up to turn it into a groover and moover.