Outrun (LP)



Amoeba Review


Many American listeners were introduced to Kavinsky via “Nightcall,” the slick track that underpinned the opening of Nicolas Winding Refn’s new classic Drive. Those listeners should feel right at home on Outrun, Kavinsky’s car-reffing debut LP. From the outset, on “Prelude,” a narrator tells of a mythic driver hero over percolating synths. As “Nightcall” featured vocals by CSS’ Lovefoxxx, new listeners can head to “Odd Look” for a similar feel, a throbbing house track that hits harder than “Nightcall” and features female vocals. Thankfully, though, Outrun doesn’t just coast on the fumes of Drive. Outrun is rife with thriller movie soundtrack tones and thrilling beats that get your pulse revved. Kavinsky aka Vincent Belorgey says he digested a childhood of ’80s movie sountracks and streamlined the best bits into his French house sound, and there’s certainly plenty of evidence to back that claim on this album, from the shrill John Carpenter horror movie synth stabs of “Testarossa Autodrive” to the power-suited corporate intrigue implied by “Deadcruiser’s” dense, analog keyboard lines. Outrun works because of its variety, sounding as though it could soundtrack 11 montage scenes of highly disparate films — “Suburbia’s” rapped-over slow throb is the outlier, but that track exudes such new school-cool that you won’t be complaining. “Buckle up, you are now riding with a star” guest star Havoc raps on “Suburbia,” but he could be talking about Kavinksy himself, who has delivered on his promise with the sparkling Outrun.

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