The irritatingly dubbed ‘Nu-Rave’ genre is inescapable. Digitalism are not Nu-Rave as such, skirting the genre just enough to prove that they’re unlikely to pack up their decks and glow sticks for some time. This German duo have been ripping up small venues and super-nightclubs for a good three years, only to finally produce this long-awaited debut album.
Generating a brilliant fusion of heavy riffs and electro-synths, the album forges rocking melody and club punch, inevitably attracting comparisons to Daft Punk. Unlike most dance albums, Idealism doesn’t rely on two or three club anthems and then feebly proceed to fill the remainder with monotony. Digitalism have taken their time. The album is awash with electro and rock influences, producing tunes clubbers can rock to and rockers can dance to. The tracks teem with energy and momentum, starting slowly and building up to a drop of driving distortion. New single ‘Pogo’ is a brilliant reflection of the album’s versatile structure, with live drums and vocals, melded into a pulsating beat.
So, the German Daft Punk? We can’t know for sure yet, but at least we can breathe a sigh of relief: we no longer have to put our “Hands Up For Detroit”. We have Hamburg.