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Free Blood, ‘The Singles’ (Rong/DFA)

Jon Young // November 4, 2008

For sheer dance-floor energy and disco kinks, ex-!!! percussionist John Pugh and fashion designer/vocalist Madeline Davy (boosted by secret-weapon production duo the Brothers) don’t disappoint. But they seem less confident introducing more distinctive elements into the flow on their debut, which features six original songs and five remixes.Between his fevered groaning and her half-catatonic/half-hysterical responses, itchy tracks like “Quick and Painful” and “Royal Family” raise an uproar, only to recede into fat, anonymous grooves. Regardless, Greg Wilson’s trance-inducing mix for “Grumpy” does offer a satisfying alternative to unreliable illegal substances.

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