Les Rythmes Digitales ‎– Darkdancer

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Originally released in 1999. Re-issued in 2005.
The track 'From: Disco To: Disco' was originally conceived by Whirlpool Productions in 1996 and remixed by LRD in 1998.
The tracks 'Dreamin'', 'Brothers', and 'Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)' on the American and Canadian CD versions of 'Darkdancer' are different mixes of the songs with the latter being edited to be shorter.
The American, Canadian and Japanese CD versions of the album includes the track 'MDC Vendredi', originally a B-side included on the single 'Sometimes'.

Tracklist

Dreamin' 3:38
Music Makes You Lose Control 3:47
Soft Machine 3:36
Hypnotise 4:52
(Hey You) What’s That Sound? 4:12
Take A Little Time 3:44
From Disco To Disco 3:37
Brothers 4:45
Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat) 4:13
About Funk 5:42
Sometimes 4:57
Damaged People 6:40

Versions (20)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WALLCD021, 7243 8475812 7 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound, Virgin WALLCD021, 7243 8475812 7 UK 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021, 03098 VISA 4652 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album, Promo) Wall Of Sound, Virgin WALLCD021, 03098 VISA 4652 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
WALLLP021 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(2xLP, Album) Wall Of Sound WALLLP021 UK 1999 Sell This Version
ASW 6280-1 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(3xLP, Album) Astralwerks ASW 6280-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
ASW 6280-2, 0 17046 6280 2 0 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Astralwerks, Wall Of Sound ASW 6280-2, 0 17046 6280 2 0 US 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD012D, 7243 8475842 4 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound, Wall Of Sound WALLCD012D, 7243 8475842 4 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound WALLCD021 UK 1999 Sell This Version
0 1704 66280 2 0 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Astralwerks 0 1704 66280 2 0 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021, 8475812 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound, Virgin, EMI Music Group Australasia WALLCD021, 8475812 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
847581 2 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound, Virgin 847581 2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
VJCP-68022 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound VJCP-68022 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021, 677.5021.20 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album) Wall Of Sound, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] WALLCD021, 677.5021.20 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021D Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album, Dig) Wall Of Sound WALLCD021D UK 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album, Promo) Wall Of Sound WALLCD021 UK 1999 Sell This Version
WALL LP 021 X Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic) Wall Of Sound WALL LP 021 X UK 1999 Sell This Version
WALLCD021X, 677.5021.024 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp, Enh) Wall Of Sound, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] WALLCD021X, 677.5021.024 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ADDCD111 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp, Enh) Wall Of Sound ADDCD111 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
WALL CD 021X, 677.5021.024 Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Album + CD, Comp, Enh) Wall Of Sound, [PIAS] WALL CD 021X, 677.5021.024 Russia 2006 Sell This Version
677.5021.024, WALLCD21X Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(CD, Ltd + CD, Enh) Play It Again Sam [PIAS], Wall Of Sound 677.5021.024, WALLCD21X Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
WALLCD021XPR Les Rythmes Digitales Darkdancer(2xCDr, Album, Promo, Enh) Wall Of Sound WALLCD021XPR UK Unknown Sell This Version

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chrissy.winter

chrissy.winter

February 28, 2016
referencing Darkdancer, CD, Album, WALLCD021, 7243 8475812 7
Bought this when it came out in 99 and immediately was transported back 15 years to my school days.
This is a very clever album. Way ahead of its time for 80s revivalists, as it came out at a time when the 2nd mod revival was in full swing and big beat Fat Boy Slim style tracks were in fashion..
The clues as to what you are in for are in the album cover alone.. Airbrushed artwork pre computers recycling style and images from the era...
Album is a great addition to any collection. solid 7 or 8 out of 10.
Loanesloan

Loanesloan

November 15, 2014
referencing Darkdancer, 2xLP, Album, WALLLP021
printed innersleeves
idem77

idem77

May 3, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Darkdancer, CD, Album, Dig, WALLCD021D

This is a VERY strange cd. Tracks sound like electro-pop of the early days, but with a techy edge. A weird combination of these two styles yields this album with brilliant but awkward tracks. It became famous by the song used in a car commercial in 2005. Some of the songs are just over-the-top electro-pop in a way that makes the tracks sound very funny. Just take this album with a smile and you will like it. Do not take it too serious, although do note the great diversity and good track compositions!
musync

musync

January 28, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Darkdancer, CD, Album, ASW 6280-2, 0 17046 6280 2 0
Les Rythmes Digitales's Darkdancer album was way ahead of it's time so people didn't know what to do with this excellent release from 1999 when it came out. Most anyone who was into electronica back when this was released they were either dancing to the euphoric beats of trance or chilling to a downbeat track in the backroom of a club.

As I listen to this album today it still sounds very fresh. Every track is very nicely produced by Stuart Price aka Les Rythmes Digitales, aka Thin White Duke, aka Zoot Woman. He even brings on Shannon of Let The Musi Play fame and the Wouldn't It Be Good musician Nik Kershaw on a couple of the tracks. The album sounds like the early 1980s dance music with the added electronic elements of today. None of these tracks sound tired at all. And when you listen Take A Little Time with Shannon on vocals it takes you back not to 1999 but to 1984 when Shannon had the big hit with Let The Music Play. Or the Nik Kershaw sung track Sometimes sounds like New Wave all over again.

Darkdancer still sounds good today and it has many excellent tracks like Hypnotise, Dreamin', (Hey You) What's That Sound?, Brothers, Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat), Music Makes You Lose Control and About Funk. So get it if you don't have it already as it's a masterpiece.