Traveling a path blazed by the likes of Daft Punk, Kentucky-based VHS or Beta makes retro-flavored dance music that somehow seems ahead of its time.

Traveling a path blazed by the likes of Daft Punk, Kentucky-based VHS or Beta makes retro-flavored dance music that somehow seems ahead of its time. Compelling debut Le Funk doesn't sound like a '70s record so much as it sounds like what people today might think a '70s record sounded like—or perhaps what people in the '70s imagined 21st century dance music would sound like. Using rock-style instrumentation—two electric guitars, bass, and drums—VHS or Beta relies on old-fashioned disco grooves and current house rhythms to build infectious numbers, such as the slow-building "Solid Gold" and the funk-tinged "On & On." The nearly vocal-free set ends with two live tracks that recall the wandering but intense energy of '90s dance impresario Adamski's Liveanddirect. So grab your dancing shoes; it's time to hustle. Contact vhsorbeta@telocity.com—WH

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