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In Flagranti – Ex Ex Ex review

Artist: In Flagranti
Title: Ex Ex Ex
Label: Codek
Genre: Techno, Electro
Format: Digital
Buy From: Juno Download

Despite plugging away at excellent filth infused disco releases on their own Codek imprint since the turn of the century, In Flagranti’s rise to prominence in recent times has been mostly down to the sheer amount of remixes they’ve been commissioned to undertake.

The Swiss duo have lent their trademark sound to acts on labels as diverse as Kitsune, Rong/DFA, Phantasy Sound, Permanent Vacation, Backyard and Bang Gang in just the last 18 months yet the Sounds Superb series of edits they compile is rarely mentioned beyond the realm of obscure discoteria fans, and their album Brash & Vulgar was released last year to no real fanfare.

This might all change with “Ex Ex Ex”, their new single which features the vocal talents of long term collaborator Natalie Smash (nee Smith) which is a joyous excursion into glam rock meets farmyard discopogo with a potential for crossover stunted only be the usual smutty artwork. That this is the first In Flagranti release in which they are the object of remixification, with a slew of their former subjects returning the favour, should be seen as notice of their intent.

Bear Funk’s resident Italian Bottin turns in a Ze Records inspired reimagination, sometime Gomma artiste Golden Bug continues his excursion into heavily percussive electro house and is topped in the lysergic house stakes by the perennially tipped Riton. Relish boss Headman eeks more life out of the punk funk template whilst Hercules & Love Affair’s Andy Butler stays truer to the tempo of the original which builds from a haze of deep synth into a right disco chugger. It’s left to In Flagranti’s NYC neighbour DJ Wool of The Glass to turn in the outstanding treatment which is all Hi NRG Italo and has Disco Bloodbath anthem written all over it.

Review: Tony Poland