Recorded in an old war bunker, the twitchy rhythms and hard synths that drive Digitalism's full-length debut are only part of the picture. Idealism is also shaped by its punk rock theatrics shrill sampled guitar riffs bounce off both channels as keyboard blasts lap against drum loops. The German duo's mostly instrumental effort morphs sporadically, even breaking into a floor-clearing acid freakout at points. Those who tend to overdo it on the Jack-and-Cokes may find the grind of the Justice-sounding "Jupiter Room" up their alley, but they may grow impatient with a scorcher like "Zdarlight" Digitalism shuffles this one into several pieces, with gurgling house bass lines at the onset before everything stews over a beatless two minutes. The high-end licks that launch "Zdarlight's" third section sound as if they were tapped out on guitar pickups with a piece of metal, and although lo-fi vocals sit oddly on some of Idealism, Digitalism's freakishness never much hurts the pace. This is sizzling, sexed-up weekend shit right here.
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