"Ain't no party like a Bran Van party 'cos a Bran Van party don't stop." And that's an understatement, ladies and gentlemen. This gem of a dance record will have you shaking your ass so hard that the lyrically sarcastic numbers will actually make you stop and yell, "Daaaamn!"
Blending the best of all cultures is what Montreal's Bran Van 3000's helmsman James DiSalvio knows best. Discosis' list of contribution talent reads a little like this: Momus, the late Curtis Mayfield, Youssou N'dour, Eek-A-Mouse, Dimitri from Paris, and Badar Ali Khan, with Ric Ocasek producing.
The cosmopolitan and over-sexed dance doesn't let up until the eleventh track, "Speed," where it turns into slutty quasi-punk-cum-hip-hop. Yes, you heard me right and if you're playing it right, that's the same time all the girls in the house who've been drinking will want to scream along to its "Party, party, party, party/ Get fuckin' loaded!" chorus chant.
"More Shopping" will make you laugh with its suggestive lyrical progression ("Shower in my shower/ I'll soap you back and front /Take me by the hand and lead it to your... /Country cousins kissing by the bridge"), and the last six tracks will chill you out gently. Don't be mistaken, though it's not a letdown. On the contrary, it'll just get the conversation started.
So far, Canadian pop-culture dance lovers of all ages have snapped this album up like candy to fuel long partied-out nights. And for good reason. In Discosis, you'll catch sly references to everything from Bruce Springsteen to Tetris. You'll also wish you paid better attention in French class, but don't let the occasional foreign lyrics trap you in their unknown meaning. Just dance, kids, just dance.