Cosmic Machine: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980) is a fantastic new compilation showcasing the musical matrimony of experimental electronica with freaky disco. Among lesser known artists, you'll find tracks by Serge Gainsbourg, Frédéric Mercier (whose song above, "Spirit," was sampled by Jay Z), and Daniel Vangarde (DVWB) who just happens to be the father of Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter. All that and beautiful cover at by Philippe Druillet. This underexposed genre of diverse dance (and some chill) music will delight fans of Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk, Kraftwerk, and the history of the future.
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