Published Mar 17, 2014Rouge Mécanique's debut album, Don't Touch My Sister, is a heady mix of post-punk, Italo disco, ambient, noise, house and electro, all combined like an exercise in sonic retro-ism that also remains distinct and original. "Witches" — previously released on 12-inch with fellow album track "Stingray" — sounds like Arthur Russell jamming with early Gang Of Four, whereas "Interlude Pour Jeanne" expresses an eerie ambience layered with slide guitar that wouldn't have been out of place on Chilean post-rock experimentalists Panico's most recent album.
An album that slips loose from any attempt at categorisation, at moments Rouge Mécanique recalls the tape-heavy output of the eternally underrated Disco Inferno, albeit in a much more dance-floor ready form. Released on the Doctor Who-referencing imprint Pyramids of Mars, a subsidiary of Rekids, Don't Touch My Sister comes across as a more tasteful answer to Nicolas Jaar's Darkside project, with less time spent analysing belly-button fluff and more time keeping the grooves in the pocket. (Pyramids of Mars)