"When you smile, the world is smiling with you" goes the male and female voices on "Bad Skinned," as sleazy and deleterious (also optimistic and empowering) a disco cut as we've yet come upon (take that either way). Renault doesn't stop there, though, piling on an audacious mélange of tazers, tractor beams and warp speed generator sounds that evoke a late '70s West Village bathhouse turned into an early '80s Lazer Tag facility. (There's the same amount of steam and dry ice smoke in both).
No smoke and mirrors are needed for the straight-ahead "Sweet Rollin' On" which has tickled keys, three layers of clopped percussion and a tizzy of horns that could fool folks into thinking it's a Kool and the Gang instro. The side-long "Tuxedo Dance" is another epic edit of strings, black seraphic coos and porn-soundtrack guitar that again eschews tricks and Battlestar Galactica sound f/x. It ascends so smoothly than only when the needle's on the run-out groove (of more spaceship take-off sounds) do you realize you've gotten so high that you're up in outer space again.