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  Je Te Prends by Alex Rossi

Je Te Prends cover art

Artist: Alex Rossi
Title: Je Te Prends
Catalogue Number: Bleeding Gold BG015
Review Format: 45
Release Year: 2012

You take some vaguely retro electro sounds and you create a song. It’s been done before and many times too but then you add some continental seasoning and what you end up with is a past midnight example of Gallic cool.  Alex Rossi probably wears sunglasses day and night and his artistic exemplar Inės Olympe Mercadal – her name alone suggests the good life (she is a shoe designer apparently) – provides the perfect vocal foil.

Of course, taking a style icon and doing a song is just about certain, in France at least, to bring on a serious attack of comparisons with Serge Gainsbourg. Alex Rossi is far less louche than Serge but he does share that ability to bring forth the magic of his foil and fit that right into the groove. “Je Te Prends”, consequently, could never be accused of being sterile and, despite its simplicity, this song simply exudes longing.

The vinyl mastering looks to be the work of Pirates Press and the pressing looks to be by CZ. No problems there then.  The first 30 copies came with a silk screened print and that, my friends, is why you should buy vinyl.

Available from Bandcamp.

Review Date: January 20, 2013