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Pepe Deluxé’s fourth album makes Queen or Kanye’s madly eclectic sonic excesses look like a campfire strum-along. The Finnish duo rose during the late 90s ‘big beat’ boom but have mutated into something extraordinary. ‘Queen of the Wave’ is a concept album based on a 19th-century novel about the fall of Atlantis apparently written by an alien (no, really). It features the world’s largest musical instrument – a Virginian cave system where the stalactites can be played like an organ – and is a wild musical ride through Air-like retro synths, choral extravagance, 60s psychedelia, euphoric funk-rock, sassy vocals, easy listening and very much more. All in all, hugely ambitious enjoyable fun.
File under Super-funky loungecore
Download ‘Contain Thyself’, ‘Go Supersonic’, ‘My Flaming Thirst’
Like this? Try Pepe Deluxé ‘Spare Time Machine’ (Catskills)