Certainly, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past 12-15 months or so, you’ve likely come across several posts featuring one of this site’s most recent mainstay acts, the Paris-based electronic music and production duo DBFC. Comprised of Manchester, UK-born, Paris-based David Shaw and Paris-born and-based Dombrance, the duo emerged onto the French electronic music scene with the release of a handful of singles during 2015-2017 through renowned indie label Her Majesty’s Ship Records — including “Autonomic,” a track that manages to nod at Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europe Express” and “The Man Machine,” and Primal Scream‘s “Autobahn 66” — but with a subtle cosmic glow around its edges.
Building upon a growing national and international profile, the Parisian electronic duo’s highly-anticipated full-length debut Jenks is slated for a June 2, 2017 release through Different Recordings/[PIAS] Records. Earlier this year I wrote about “Sinner,” the first official single from the album, and it was a track that furthered cemented the English/French duo’s reputation for pairing slick, dance-floor leaning electronic production with organic instrumentation — and while the aforementioned “Autonomic” took it’s cues from Kraftwerk, “Sinner” struck me as nodding a bit more at Come With Us-era The Chemical Brothers, complete with a similar anthemic yet trippy vibe. Album title track and latest single “Jenks” however, manages to nod at Evil Heat-era Primal Scream, EMF‘s “Unbelievable,” Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop-era U2 and the Manchester sound but with a motorik groove consisting of a sinuous bass line, shimmering arpeggio synths, warm blasts of electric guitar, four on the floor-drumming. swirling electronics and an arena rock hook paired with dreamy vocals singing lyrics about breaking free from conformity and being whatever you want to be/whatever you need to be — and at all costs.
The recently released music video is shot in a gentle, old-fashioned and trippy haze and follows an attractive woman as she walks a late night street to a club/performance space where she encounters DBFC — including their live, touring members — performing “Jenks,” and as the video progresses, the video’s protagonist gets entranced and then freaks the fuck out. And while nodding at commercials and old music videos, it’s arguably one of the weirdest videos I’ve seen in some time.