Martin Solveig’s Smash is smashing but not perfect
- Written by Jaymin Proulx
Coming from France, Martin Solveig is a house and eurodance dj and producer. With Smash, Solveig let’s us enter his “house party” so to speak, and brings us some flavour on a 10-song album that fuses together Japanese super-stars, Idoling and Canadian electro-pop sensations Dragonette.
Solveig proves his chops well--he has proof that he’s continuing to successfully master high quality partnerships with his electronic and dance tracks, like previous work with Madonna (with production on her album MDNA) and British leadsinger of Bloc Party, Kele Okereke.
This album has a strong opening and carries enough weight throughout the entire LP to solidify a standout album for Solveig. It’s youthful, energetic and destined to hit the club nights wherever a dance floor and disco ball prevail. Smash makes a stand-out effort for Solveig to diverge from popular electronic competitors like such Dutch exports D.J. Tiesto and Armin van Buuren or his fellow Frenchmen, David Guetta.
Two particular songs, Hello (with Dragonette) and The Night Out are excellent. Nevertheless, there are some weaker elements in Smash that have slight monotony. The final song We Came To Smash--In A Back Tuxedo is a poor way of leaving the album to close, being a slightly boring final curtain. But with the opener, Big In Japan (which could be spun from a Tom Waits original) alongside Japanese artists Idoling, Solveig makes up for loose ends and produces his album with kick and sassy style.
Jaymin Proulx is a London freelance writer.