Album review: Electric Guest – Mondo

Electric Guest - Mondo

Electric Guest - Mondo - Credit: Archant

A debut record that offers plenty of tunes to move your feet – and maybe even your soul, too.

The genre-switching debut record from this duo of Asa Taccone and drummer Matthew ‘Cornbread’ Compton has already helped them land slots on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s shows in the US.

With producer du jour Dangermouse on board to twiddle the knobs, the recipe seems right for a disco-flecked electro-fest with soul.

It’s an album about growing pains and the mood in Los Angeles, full of slacker soul and ponderings on the emptiness of modern life.

Full of hooks and more than a hint of Daft Punk’s disco nous, MGMT electro-pop and Pharrell Williams’ ingenuity, there’s a freewheeling Motown vibe throughout.

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The piano-driven romp This Head I Hold is great fun, and Holes opens the album with exhilarating, jerky staccato synth stabs.

Asa’s falsetto comes to life in Amber where Dangermouse provides the sonic oomph below soft electronics.

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This will grace your stereo – and dancefloors across the Med – this summer.

4 stars

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