Franz & Shape Acceleration

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In 2005, a 2ManyDJs bootleg saw Franz & Shape's crazed electro-slammer "Countach" bumping uglies with LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk..." so hard that anybody who heard it instantly wanted more. Fast-forward to the Italian twosome's debut LP, Acceleration, which is both more and less than we bargained for. Acceleration goes past the darkly sexed modulating synths of instrumentals like "Countach" and "Channel One" to slide into outright new-wave fetishism. The dirty backbone is still there, but now comes coquettishly draped in Soft Cell-esque guest vocals-how you'll take this depends on your opinion of '80s revivalism in general.