Ratatat @ White Heat, Madame Jojo’s
30th January 2007
The first gig of Ratatat’s current
Synth-maestro and brains behind the outfit Evan Mast produces the kind of hypnotic beats you usually hear in the early hours at a friend of a friend’s house party. Without lyrics to interrupt the crowd’s dreamy reverie, the kids at the front are absorbed in the projected shape-shifter visuals, the equivalent of 'getting lost in the visualizer’ on the laptop at said house party. Imagine shuffling dustbin lid percussion, raw hi-hats and guitar noodling ripped from Daft Punk’s ‘Aerodynamic’ courtesy of guitarist Mike Stroud, all tempered by countless melodic intricacies and a dose of melancholy.
If you haven’t already heard Ratatat’s blistering single ‘Wildcat’ then go and get it right now; if you have then don’t be surprised to find the rest of the new album ‘Classics’ more like a stoned hour of Tetris than a compendium of glittery electro bangers.