Ryan DeRobertis's development of a live act involving a full band has influenced the evolution of his music to the extent that his latest album as Skylar Spence is a fuller bodied effort than ever before, drawing on disco, R&B and UKG along with his trademark plaintive vocals. Fans of Chromeo, Hall & Oates, Daft Punk and the 90s wave of Chic-like filtered funk will appreciate these grooves.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 15 October 2015Imagine a mirror ball. Imagine an episode of Top of the Pops circa 1979. Imagine an afro and imagine what going to a party would be like. Skylar Spence is the new name for Saint Pepsi - the name might have changed but all the cheesiness is intact. This is fun and frolicsome cheese pop that nods to pretty much everyone has sampled Chic - Alcazar for one spring to mind. It’s all nicely sampled and enthusiastic done but I’m wondering where on earth it fits into the records we sell. Even by the standards of Todd Terje and Daft Punk this is waaay into pop-lite. On certain tracks such as ‘Prom King’ there are some clever little samples and a melancholic vocal that recalls ‘If I Don’t Love You’ era Prefab Sprout. The chorus is a shower of sliced samples sugar rushing into your brain. ‘I Can’t Be Your Superman’ has a very similar guitar riff to Grace Jones ‘Pull Up to the Bumper’. Far too ‘party’ for a wet Thursday afternoon, I’d be interested in what becomes of this record. I’d suggest Spence’s moribund vocals hold it back from appearing on the best of 2000 era dance pop compilations.
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