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Album Review

Though DAT Politics' neon-bright sound is immediately recognizable, the band has always made each of its albums vividly distinct from each other. Mad Kit is no exception — setting aside the lovably boxy pop of Wow Twist, the group channels their 8-bit charm into a harder-edged, more percussive sound that aims straight at the dancefloor. Are Oui Phony's "Step Back" hinted at this streamlined approach, and it appears here in an even more stripped-down mix that's scarcely more than stuttering vocals and the most jagged, rudimentary synths and beats that DAT Politics could tweak out of their mad kits. Instrumentals make up nearly half of the album, as if to underscore the band's newfound commitment to groove and ever-so-slightly more serious bent. Parts one and two of "Own Thing," with their rapid-fire melodies, are even a little ominous; while "Wish Ya"'s squiggly synths are the musical equivalent of a glow stick, they're held in check by a punishing rhythm section. Even the more overtly mischievous robo-disco of "Moving Like DAT" and "Bloc Newton," which shakes its pixels like it just doesn't care, are more elongated and muscular than DAT Politics' earlier work. This feeling seeps into most of Mad Kit's more pop-oriented songs as well — they're a little more straightforward than some of the band's previous material, and not quite as tweaked and distorted to low-res abstraction as they've been in the past (though the gleeful title track is a notable exception). The breezy and bittersweet "Bad Dream Machine" is one of the clearest love letters to their synth pop inspirations that the band has written, and though "Freak Me Out" is just as paranoid as it is catchy, it's one of the album's least quirky moments. Mad Kit's sleeker sound makes it less cute than some of DAT Politics' earlier albums, but it's so kinetic that it ends up being just as much fun in its own right.

Customer Reviews

DP does it Again. And Double Penetrating is not one of them

DAT POLITICS keeps getting better with every album they release. A fan since Plugs Plus, they're signature sound of computer based brilliant dance music with an adorably experimental edge makes them lovable and definitely the best dance party of your life. Their sound makes you feel like you haven't slept for more than two days and decide to go to the arcade (if they even have those anymore) VERY drunk. I dream of seeing them perform live.

Maddd

DAT Politics latest album will make your brain explode. Manic pop has never been so intense, each song hits you with energy and vitality. The vocal distortion and extreme beats are signature as well as electronic experimentation. Mad Kit takes on the electro/techno/dance genre into a whole new level that is purely and uniquely DAT Politics.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

DAT Politics is a Lille, France-based laptop group that developed from the split of Tone Rec. Producing glitch-inflected IDM that's occasionally melodic and often aggressively noisy, a range that's often kept in check by a sinister sense of humor, the group's releases have come out on a number of labels, including Mille Plateaux, Tigerbeat6, A-Musik, FatCat, and their own Skipp imprint. As far as significant full-length releases are considered, Plugs Plus was released on Chicks on Speed in 2002,...
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