French Touch Essentials

French Touch Essentials

The French do everything so stylishly, it's no wonder that their dance music also overflows with panache. Since the mid-'90s, when Daft Punk unveiled their flickering take on Chicago house, French dance music has been notable for its opulent textures: the flickering filter disco of Cassius and Fred Falke, the plush downtempo of Air and Kid Loco, and the high-definition synth epics of M83. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the French Touch is its fascination with progressive rock—a wooly, wonky obsession that gives Justice and Daft Punk their giddily outré edge.

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