Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SILICON are two solo projects from brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson. On the Phone vinyl 7” the pair remix each other’s work for the Jajaguwar label. Some brotherly competition definitely motivates these playful tracks, but the brothers also share eclectic influences. Both tunes are funky electro-pop with jittery vocals and a general air of sultriness and fun.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 31 March 2016
Brothers gotta work it out. This is the thing where the two brothers who run Unknown Mortal Orchestra and SILICON give each other the remix treatment. Both tracks are also phone related. Do you like phones? A lot of people do.
Bro' UMO has made a nice job of disco-fying SILICON by adding some squelshy beats and samples from folks speaking on phones. Overleaf SILICON does a great job with UMO 'Can't Keep Checking My Phone' chopping the thing up in to r&b splices. Strange vocal effect here, there is a voice there but it's not saying any words. It's freaking me out a bit but the chorus is a right killer as you may already know if you've heard the album.
I'm pretty sure the labels are the wrong way round. Something I only found out after I'd written the whole bloody thing out. I've deducted a mark accordingly.
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