Destroy Rock & Roll(RCA)

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When Scotsman Myles MacInnes left a UCLA philosophy-doctorate program in 2001 and returned to the Isle of Skye to pursue a life in music, he wasted no time in assembling his first single, “Destroy Rock & Roll.” Created from a humble array of home-recording equipment and built around an extended vocal sample of a preacher invoking judgment against a list of ’80s chart toppers, “Destroy” bounced with a memorable bass line and sprightly brio, foreshadowing the elements of Mylo’s debut album.

Released almost two years ago in the U.K. on Mylo’s own Breastfed label, Destroy Rock & Roll is a stylish, playful romp through electronica. Both of the opening pair of downtempo cuts appear with a wink. “Valley of the Dolls” utilizes the Sandpipers’ schmaltzy Beyond the Valley of the Dolls theme to transform the lush chill-out tune into compelling camp, while “Sunworshipper” drops a sample of a newly clean-and-sober teen over a stoned ’70s California groove. Mylo’s impishness continues throughout, especially on the pogoing, expletive-rich hit “Drop the Pressure” (which sounds like Daft Punk on nitrous oxide). Elsewhere, Mylo soars with the Prince-sampling new wave of “Guilty of Love,” and spirited use of the central riff from “Bette Davis Eyes” pushes “In My Arms” beyond the sum of its parts. Indeed, Mylo is not the iconoclast suggested by Destroy Rock & Roll’s title, but rather a bricoleur, gleefully tinkering with electronic music to recast it as good, old-fashioned pop.—Kevin Wolfe