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Skylines are entirely new to me and the press release gives scant information except that they’re members of Party Trash, Raw Moans and Top Girls and they “channel the sex funk of Prince, 'Midnight Vultures' era Beck and R & B through an electronic/trip hop aesthetic”, which sounds nice. Actually it totally does sound nice. All through this tape there’s crispy electr ...

Tape £3.99 CDR-TP-027

Super ltd. Cassette on Clan Destine. Ft. members of Party Trash, Raw Moans and Top Girls.

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9/10 Mike Staff review, 22 August 2012

Skylines are entirely new to me and the press release gives scant information except that they’re members of Party Trash, Raw Moans and Top Girls and they “channel the sex funk of Prince, 'Midnight Vultures' era Beck and R & B through an electronic/trip hop aesthetic”, which sounds nice.

Actually it totally does sound nice. All through this tape there’s crispy electronic beats, simple melodies and post-dubby r’n’b pop drift which is indulgently warm and soulful and nostalgic but futuristic, with casually paced beats and smudged synthesiser washes. Sometimes it’s total ethereal dronepop, sometimes more bouncy synthetic soul, but there’s always that Washed Out-esque driftpop feel running through it, but with a bit of a summery Inner Tube organic haze.

The first song on the second side (can’t find any track titles) is total epic yacht-pop splendour that no amount of shimmering and blurring seems to be able to tone down, but it’s followed by a sinister Hype Williams-meets-Beach Boys murk-pop dubscape just to keep you guessing, and then there’s some shimmering falsetto drift-hop and some celestial drone’n’rumble and some trip-hop with a sweet build-up at the end with some punchy synth-bass, but it’s all shot through with the same spacious, blurred bedroom synthpop aesthetic. It’s a smudgy late-night wonder.

Probably worth mentioning that Brian just said that it made him feel the way that the first Balam Acab EP did when that came out and he thought that kind of stuff had fallen by the wayside but this seems to be a return to glory for this post-driftstep bedroom pop style. High praise indeed. There’s not a lot of these so don’t snooze.


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