Freeland, ‘Cope™’ (Marine Parade)
Since the late ’90s rocktronica Ponzi scheme, name DJs have stepped out, led rocktinged bands, and induced cringes. Yet, in the laptop/nürave “live” era, superstar jocks are fronting even more. Hence, Adam Freeland — the nüskool breaks vet who broke through in 2003with “We Want Your Soul” — dons a suit jacket and hires guns (Brody Dalle, the Pixies’ Joey Santiago, Tommy Lee) for the carefully concocted, pleasantly thumping Cope™. “Do You” is Topshopping electro rock and “Only a Fool” gives Jerry Casale a pounding forum for his reheated Devolutionary rhetoric. But “Under Control” is the keeper, a seamless LCD Soundsystem rip that defines the album’s approach — energetically jaded professionalism.
Watch: Freeland, “Under Control”