CFCF – “Continent” Review


Putting on CFCF’s debut album, Continent, I’m aurally transported to a decadent and deluded era when the DeLorean was still in production, Michael Jackson was still black, and about 75% of New Yorkers had a monthly coke habit expensive enough to pay for my entire 4-year college tuition. The Montreal DJ/ remix-er has created an electro album infused with a rhythmic spirit reminiscent of early 80’s disco and house music, while layering it with hazy motifs. The album opens stoically with “Raining Patterns”, a dreamy track layered with catchy synth lines, cascading piano, and a pumping dance beat that reminds me of early M83. The character of the first song resembles that of the rest of the album in that the sound washes over the listener, who can’t help but drift in and out of a trance-like state. My personal favorite off of the album is “Invitation to Love,” which embodies the sounds of neon lights at night, exuding atmospheric chords, luscious bass lines, and decadent handclaps. I recommend bumping this shit while prowling the city at night.  While the songs may not necessarily be very radio friendly (7 of the 13 tracks clock in at over 6 minutes), the album, for me, as a whole, captures a pervading sentiment among youth that epically cheesy synths are not a fad of the past, but the way of the future. The album dropped October 27 on Paper Bag Records, so go out and get it now and don't forget to drop by Cloud9, the sideroom special at Tokyo Thursdays to peep this dude's live DJ steez...its radical.