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Miss Daft Punk? Check Out Madeon

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on May 1, 2015 3:45PM

Image courtesy Madeon
Were you bummed when Daft Punk went disco because you missed their more robot-rockin' ways? Luckily for you Madeon is on the scene and more than happy to mine that Discovery vibe.

The 24-year-old Frenchman's debut, Adventure, is a collection of electronic funk-flexing that feels 100% organic as far as its effects on the human rhythm machine. He pulls in a couple stunt vocalists—including members of Passion Pit, Bastille and Foster the People (even making the last one sound interesting)—but they all bend to his will in service of the songs. So while others in his field might lean on guests to lend credibility, Madeon manages to reverse that conventional flow and make every voice an instrument bowing to his production.

Adventure is one of those albums that delights upon every listen, a flexible and glistening listening experience that begs to make its way into a room packed full of people all moving together in rhythm to its wiles. This isn't music to make you think, but it is deep enough to find endless ways to give yourself over to it.

We're told Madeon puts on an amazing live show, complete with the prerequisite "mind blowing" visuals that appear to form the backbone of every electronic musician's set these days, but we feel the larger compliment we can pay the man is that his music alone is enough to carry a night. He could play his set in a basement with a single lightbulb and we predict it would still be a rapturous experience that leaves all limbs aching the next day from the nonstop movement that would ensue. So tonight's show at House Of Blues is a win-win situation all around.

Madeon plays tonight, May 1, at House Of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., 9 p.m., $27, 18+