Darracq delights in rich sonic minutiae, and French Recipes abounds in pings and whirrs loosely and lovingly patched together. All manner of stylistic variants are explored, from dour techno-pop to jittery Twerk-funk, with bizarre juxtapositions occurring often within the same track. Both "What I Will Do Without Her" and "A Musical Afternoon," for example, explore Tristano-esque classical house hybrids, with varying success. The latter skillfully warps piano and strings into mournful and jerky house—like Murcof meeting Dinky—yet the former is schizophrenically confused, lurching clumsily between Clayderman muzak and tinny hip-hop passages.
Opener "Boudouloulou" is a delight, however. The vocals are pleasingly miserable a la Thom Yorke and the oompah rhythm suitably downbeat. Sebastian Russell assists with "Eliminer les Prejugers," wherein passages of French drone over ricocheting springs and machine-parts, while the title track—albeit more straightforward and functional—possesses personality too. A bleak preach-apella with Sounds4Peace closes out the album with an A-Z lecture on precisely why the world is so presently fucked, and it offers a fine summation of what Malicious—and the rest of us—is up against. Luckily, depression rarely sounds so subtly captivating.
Wed / 18 Mar 2009
01. Doudou Malicious & Palorise - Boudouloulou
02. Doudou Malicious - French Recipe
03. Doudou Malicious & Sebastian Russell - Eliminer les Prejugers
04. Doudou Malicious & Noisetoy - What I Will Do Without Her
05. Doudou Malicious - A Musical Afternoon feat. Aaron Chan & Julien Boulier
06. Doudou Malicious - Reality Is Sometimes Hard
07. Doudou Malicious & Sounds4peace - Evolution