You may well have seen Naytronix’s Nate Brenner already, as part of tUnE-yArDs touring band. But you haven’t heard the music of this solo project yet, as this single is the first ever release under the name, in advance of his upcoming album. Funky-weird 70s style goodness. Mister Divine / Shadows is released by City Slang.
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Nate Brenner plays in tUnE-yArDs’ band when they hit the road, but away from the band’s intense and rigorously rhythmic confines, he calls himself naytronix (really though) and makes rather comfortable lounge music -- the kind of easy listening sub-electronica you could find yourself sinking into an armchair with. “Mr Divine”, his new single, starts on a wiry guitar riff before giving in to a thick, hugging bassline and gorgeous percussion. Little brushes of synth find their way into the mix, but they sound like mere mood lighting, each odd note sounding like another light being switched off. This is some Woo shit, right here -- it’s not quite bedtime but it will be soon.
“Shadow” is slightly more up for it, whatever it is, going for a more caffeinated beat and introducing some sax fanfare. It feels strange that Brenner’s elected to put his dance tune about having a good time this Saturday on the flipside, but it makes sense: “Mr. Divine” eases you into a relaxed state, and “Shadow” shakes you out of it.
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