Franz & Shape – Acceleration

There’s no letting up as Relish continue their excellent run of form with this fast moving album from Franz & Shape


As we know, Franz & Shape are the Italian duo of Francesco Spazzoli and Chirs Shape who got Headman so excited, he had to sign them to his label. Their “deep dubby electronica” first came to our attention on ‘This Is The Way’ 12″ and the the ‘Maximum Joy‘ EP.
The 13 track album starts with ‘Channel One’, which is a perfect piece of electro acceleration. The album can be split between the vocal tracks and the instrumentals like ‘Channel One’ and the dark hit ‘Countach’ that has been plugged by all your top DJs like Erol Alkan, Tiga, Soulwax and Mylo. While ‘Kill The Pooh’ has a daft title, it sounds like a dubby space train and feeds my train spotting addiction.
The vocal tracks though are a bit of a disappointment with their more 80s commercial disco overtones. Only briefly do they match the excellence of a Daft Punk/DFA. ’3AM Still Life’ and ‘Regrets & Tears’ even gets onto a Depeche Mode just to add to the variety. One track you’ve got to check is ‘God Lost My Address’, which features Chelonis R. Jones (Get Physical).
Of course ‘Maximum Joy’ sticks out but it’s still a good album for a debut and worth getting onto the instrumentals.
Hectic Mix nomination: Channel One, Contrach, Acceleration, Kill The Pooh
Reviewed: Franz & Shape — Acceleration (Relish) Cat. No. 82876851922 Released date: 29th January 2007
Tracklisting
1. Channel One
2. Tightropes feat. Perspects
3. Countach
4. God Lost My Address feat. Chelonis R Jones
5. This Is The Way feat. G.D. Luxxe
6. Regrets & Tears feat. G.D. Luxxe
7. Acceleration
8. Kill The Pooh
9. 3am Still Life feat. Mount Sims
10. Guantanamo Democratie feat. David Carretta
11. 444 Days
12. Take Off feat. G.D. Luxxe
13. Maximum Joy feat Dirk Da Davo

  • Lucius

    ***ITALIAN EXPORTS, FRANZ AND SHAPE, KICK START THE WEEKEND FESTIVITIES WITH A MASSIVE LAUNCH PARTY FOR THEIR DEBUT ALBUM ‘ACCELERATION’. GIVING SHOREDITCH A DOSE OF TWISTED ELECTRO, ITALIA STYLEEE***
    Sat, 24th February 07
    Nodisko
    Nodisko – cutting-edge electronic dance from the European underground!
    Nodisko relaunches here at Herbal on Saturday February 24th. Special guests for the opening night are Franz & Shape, flying in from Rome for a London launch party for their ‘Acceleration’ album on Relish, and one of the capital’s most exciting DJ/producer duos of the moment, Simian Mobile Disco.
    Main Room
    Zak Frost
    Franz & Shape (Relish Records) – official album launch party
    The Bar
    Magic Jase
    Simian Mobile Disco
    From: 9:00 pm
    Door: £5 before 10pm, £10 after
    http://www.myspace.com/nodisko