Ever since musicians started using electronics (and even before), they’ve been looking to the future, more often than not in trepidation. A lot of those visions became very dated (see: most from the seventies & eighties), but some have held up (see: Bowie, David). Yet twenty-first century EDM seemed to think that the future is now, the club is what matters, and nothing could be more modern. But B∆stille have always been a cut above your run-of-the-mill DJs, and look to tomorrow in hope & fear with Give Me the Future.
It should be said that the ‘peering into the virtual age that is to come’ theme gets a little heavy, track-after-track (even with two interludes and actor Riz Ahmed’s spoken word “Promises”), pointing out that nothing is real, except for the love between us. But when it hits, it hits, such as the dance exclamation against darkness “Shut Off the Lights”, which is both a banger and a mission statement. And special mention has to be made of “No Bad Days”, the evocative goodbye to a long-sick, long-suffering loved one.
B∆stille don’t redefine today’s gaze into tomorrow on Give Me the Future, but it gives an effective spin on their accomplished electro-dance of today – and tomorrow.