Juicy Lucy (Bonus Track Version)
While the advent of Parisian electro-pop acts like Phoenix and Air has spawned similar-sounding acts throughout the world, there’s nothing like the real thing. The Paris-based duo Jupiter oozes the musical chemistry of a quintet, starting with the sultry “One O Six,” where honey-voiced Amélie De Bosredon serenades her vintage Roland Juno-106 synthesizer in a played-up coquettish inflection. With its white-funk bass lines, neon keyboard tones, Vocoder, and vintage drum machines, “Elliot Uppercut” sounds like something out of the early '80s, save for modern production that shimmers with crystalline fidelity. A menacing melody in “Set the Course of the Nile” effortlessly blends disco and funk with indie-electro and synth-pop to create a gem that would rest perfectly between Studio 54–era mirror-ball soundtracks and the birth of new wave. But as period-correct as songs like the fetching “Saké” sound (even the video plays like a bygone Benetton commercial), it’s the band’s energy, confidence, and undying allegiance to this genre that let it pull this off with the feckless aplomb of its Parisian peers.