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Four years on from their debut DFA album "Less Than Human", John Maclean gathered the Juan Maclean posse (Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, Jerry Fuchs - RIP - formerly of !!!, and Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel of Holy Ghost!) together again for a brand new long player. This time round Maclean wanted to make a male / female duet album, and took his main inspiration from the Human League. But if you're now thinking that "The Future Will Come" is a sad Oakey and Co. pastiche, think again, as "Dare" was just the jump-off point. As well as the title track sounding more "Being Boiled" than "Don't You Want Me Baby", we also get taken for a ride along Kraftwerkian motorik rhythms ("The Station"), via uplifting piano house (breakout single "Happy House"), acid house ("No Time") and electrodisco (previous single "The Simple Life"), with everything sounding superb to these ears. Like label-mates LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean know how to write proper songs that work on both the dancefloor and back at home while you're doing the ironing. This is an underground pop-dance album that would, in an ideal world, be number one in the charts, but instead it will have to make do with a nailed-on Piccadilly Records recommendation: We heart this LP!


1. The Simple Life
2. The Future Will Come
3. One Day
4. A New Bot
5. Tonight
6. No Time
7. Accusations
8. The Station
9. Human Disaster
10. Happy House

The Juan Maclean return to DFA with a compilation LP of 12-inch singles they’ve amassed over the past six years – re-edited, re-mastered, and ready for fans who may have missed the tracks the first time around. From the dub house sway of 2013’s “You Are My Destiny” to the high-energy stomp of this May’s “Zone Non Linear,” and featuring two never-before-released tracks, “Quiet Magician” and “Pressure Danger,” The Juan Maclean once again justify their longevity as a musical force that is more than capable of repurposing club tracks for every setting.

The Brighter The Light is put together in a way that lends itself to appreciating the sheer banging quality of the songs while simultaneously being able to dance to them in your living room. For example, take “Feel Like Movin,’” which Pitchfork called “gloriously beatific” and “pure DFA gold.” In the new remastered version, the fullness of the keys and the kicks takes over, unfurling across the listener. Deep house rhythms, sparkling synths and a certain spaciousness are what’s emphasized across the record. Gone is the slow-motion melancholy disco from their recent full-lengths – The Brighter The Light is all fierce enthusiasm and dance floor missives, perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to let go of summer.

Juan Maclean is a DJ and producer who has been a mainstay of the New York club scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on DFA in 2002. Vocalist Nancy Whang is his longtime collaborator, best known as a founding member of LCD Soundsystem and a busy touring DJ. Together, the two artists have released an extensive catalogue of 12” singles and full-length albums for DFA, including 2014’s seminal In A Dream LP. The proper follow-up studio album will follow in 2020.


1 What Do You Feel Free About?
2 Zone Non Linear
3 You Are My Destiny
4 Get Down (With My Love)
5 Feel Like Movin'
6 Quiet Magician
7 Pressure Danger
8 Can You Ever Really Know Somebody
9 The Brighter The Light

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