Laid Back Cosyland

Laid Back Cosyland
Want to give your DJ mix immediate indie cred? Just add "White Horse," the once classic post-disco track from Laid Back. Thirty years after topping the Billboard Dance Charts, the Copenhagen duo return to their roots with Cosyland. Mining archive tapes from 1981, Laid Back updated four unreleased tracks with the use of modern digital equipment. But, somehow, tracks like "Get Laid Back" and "101 Part 2" still manage to sound oddly retro. Rolling rhythms and Krautrock driven-beats come off more like remasters than reworkings, perhaps due to Laid Back's complete disregard for modern techniques like layering or sequencing. Although adding two versions of the new wave funk title track to a five-song EP seems a bit egregious, Cosyland does help add a footnote to ADULT., Add N to (X) and (especially) Matthew Dear's goth-electro sound. It's nice to see Laid Back's return, but unfortunately Cosyland works more like a curiosity than a must-have. (Brother)