Once you discover Michael Poiccard (see: Godard’s “Breathless”), you’ll have a hard time forgetting it. One of the two founding members of the Death Set, Beau Velasco, died only a year after their thrilling 2008 debut Worldwide, and not only is Velasco here in spirit (“I Miss You Beau Velasco” is a wash of shoegazey melancholy), but his voice opens the collection with a jolt on the first track, and he’s the storyteller on “Is That a French Dog?” Founding partner Johnny Siera channels Velasco’s energy throughout the record, and the Death Set’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, electro-punk mix carries on, as irreverent, funny, hard-hitting and electrifying as ever. The Death Set’s ancestral roots reach way back to early Beastie Boys, but they take that duo’s super-charged and fearless brattiness to new heights, fueling their songs with blistering blasts of punk energy. With cool guests like Diplo and Spank Rock (XXXChange is the producer here), savvy sequencing, tasty interludes of electronica and soft indie pop, Michael Poiccard is a beautifully conceived and exciting record, from beginning to end.
I Wanna Take This Tape and Blow Up Ya F****n Stereo
Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap
We Are Going Anywhere Man
Can You Seen Straight?
Chew It Like a Gun Gum
Is That a French Dog? (feat. Beau Velasco)
I Miss You Beau Velasco
Michel Poiccard Prefers the Old (She Yearns for the Devil)
I Like the Wrong Way
A Problem Is a Problem It Don't Matter Where You From
Too Much Fun for Regrets
Kittens Inspired By Kittens
7pm Woke Up an Hour Ago (feat. Spank Rock)
It's Another Day
Yo David Chase! You P.O.V. Shot Me In the Head (feat. Diplo)