With warmer days looming in the horizon, so does festival season. In recent years electronic festivals are drawing almost bigger numbers than rock, so this leaves the path open for this duo from the West Coast who dropped their debut album back in January. Helmed by main man Benny Ed who has already shared the stage with the likes of Latin Grammy winner Beto Cuevas. So these guys don't just string beats together , but write the kind of songs that keep the summer dance tents bumping and hooks to haunt the next days hangover. This futuristic joyride comes might come with a sleek plastic sheen, but they also imploy organic instruments, such as live drums that don't forsake the latin roots. The hooky "Casualties", has almost a reggae swagger not unlike 311 in how the vocals harmonize with a lazy West Coast feel.
They only flirts with dub step, and don't rely on the conventional bandwagon jumping, instead taking you to the retro off tomorrow and echoing the earlier days of this flavor of dance pop, with bands like Aqua, who skimmed House sensibilities without leaning too heavily on the disco inflected beats of dance hall house. "Me Myself and I" really runs with this early 2000 house sound, coupling it with live instrumentation like guitar tracks that make it stand out from your standard club fare. The latin flavor is thick in the rapped interlude.They flip back into more of a Euro sound on "My Eye Know Might" and take a similar stance with lyrically clever "Take That Pill" which in the club scene can have double meaning, though it is supposed to refer to Western Cultures need to have a prescription for everything.
This is not to say the album only draws from the past , songs like "Tell Me" that would not be out of place on a Daft Punk album. Though they utilize a sense of pop melody with out the aide of collaborators the masked Grammy winning robot duo employed. Sure there are some auto tuned clichés, used here but it is more of a stylistic choice to achieve the current pop dance sound than out of necessity.
"Be My Lover Again" that combines the groove of Sublime to the grandiose pop exploits of Bruno Mars, that is given more credence in their use of live instrumentation.They don't lose the high energy dynamics of Edm in doing so, keeping the sound a balance of the two worlds as needed.
Overall... these guys are more thoughtful than just button pushing and the inclusion of live instrumentation is something that puts them over the faceless laptop dependent D.J.'s, so as it warms up this should be the perfect music for West Coast Beach Parties and electronic festivals.