The New Euro

Concocted in a French lab, er, studio, by Alan Quême, Benjamin Cohen, and Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" (Roulé/Virgin) has already conquered half of Europe, and soon it will be everywhere. You'll hear it in clubs. On the radio. At weddings. People will turn into grinning, dancing fools as soon as that guitar riff explodes.

Without even bothering to pass it off as house, Stardust have made a proud, essential disco anthem. Dispensing entirely with verses, the song has only a lethally simple chorus: "I feel so good, I feel right, music sounds better with you." Or rather "you-aaah," since Cohen ends the word in a sigh, overwhelmed by the potent combination of the music and that very special you. Stardust are putting the anticipation back into sex, the thrill of shared music as prelude to boudoir antics: if "Music Sounds Better With You" is stage one, Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" is the pre-ordained stage two.

With these kinds of words you know strings can't be far, and Stardust oblige: here they are, 1:53 into the radio edit, and they would make the Chic boys proud. But what really does it is the thumping beat similar to those created 20 years ago in Munich by Giorgio Moroder's drumming associate Pete Bellotte: relentless and cushy at the same time, oddly comforting in its metronomic regularity. And yes, there's a break in the middle, right where it should be. We're not only talking disco here, we're talking genuine Eurodisco. It took 20 years for it to come back, but there's no running away from it now. Stardust have created a song so obvious and generous that its success is inevitable: music does sound better with you, and you, and you.

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