France’s most childish electronic wreckers are back with eleven incredibly fun dance tunes on their fourth album on Chicks on Speed Records. The last life sign of DAT Politics came from Kid606’s Tigerbeat6! label where they released "Tracto Flirt" in 1999 and the "Are Oui Phony???" EP last year.
The more time passed since the start of DAT Politics, the more vocal and the more pop they became. While the last album "Wow Twist" and the "Are Oui Phony???" were sort of an electronic version of melodic punk ‡ la Ramones, "Mad Kit" is even more pop, mixing late 80s ladies rap (L’Trimm, etc.) with 8-bit computer game music, hard pushing electro and catchy melodies. Exemplary tunes are "M.A.D.K.I.T." and "Wish Ya" which are largely instrumental, but quite the while typical for the Politics’ catchy pop electro style. On the other side of the spectrum are tunes like "Bad Dream Machine" and "Huff & Puff" as ultra-melodic and endorphine-laden pop anthems. Finally, you have some tracks moving heavily into the direction of the micromusic/chiptune scene. This mostly relates to "Own Thing Parts 1 & 2".
On the negative side of "Mad Kit", it may be noted that the beat and is very similar throughout the entire album. Earlier albums showed more variety. Therefore, "Mad Kit" becomes a bit tiresome if you’re not in the mood. Also, it does not show much improvement coming from the last album and EP. Nonetheless, it is a fine dance album which will reward its listeners with one or more smiles on the face every time they listen to it. 7/10 -- Stephan Bauer (3 December, 2008)