Album review: Miss Kittin And The Hacker
Forget Pete’n’Carl, Moz and Marr or Blur, there’s only one reunion that really matters: the return of Miss Kittin and The Hacker. In the early noughties, at electroclash’s brief, provocative peak, the French duo minted a bleak synthetic aesthetic which, while it was often easier to admire than love, helped pave the way for everybody from La Roux to Telepathe. ‘Two’ finds them little changed. The Hacker is still a dab hand at dark electro, his rich, chewy tracks bubbling like molasses in a cauldron; Miss Kittin still veers close to self-parody (see ‘Ray Ban’) and they still sound best – ‘Party In My Head’, ‘Emotional Interlude’, a delicious, Europop cover of ‘Suspicious Minds’ – when they allow light, and vulnerability, to penetrate the gloom.