If you’re a fan of Lazerhawk, Timecop1983, College, or Com Truise’s retrowave stylings, french producer Krikor Kouchian’s new album on L.I.E.S. might be well up your street. Take the VHS 80s inspired and add a film noir low swung disco boogie groove to it, some tracks wouldn’t go amiss on Beverly Hills Cop. Sunset strip cool.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 28 September 2017
Krikor Kouchian’s ‘Pacific Alley’ is kinda like a lost soundtrack to some 80’s VHS Miami or Los Angeles cop thriller. The palm trees, neon lights, hookers, mirrored sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts... Imagine a whacked out Harold Faltermeyer and Torn Hawk making sun warped, lo-fi electro boogie on Not Not Fun with beats and bass lines straight outta the Cameo ‘Word Up’ school. This record is pretty different to much of the L.I.E.S. output, but the raw production sound is very much in keeping with the label's aesthetic. It’s vividly evocative of what occurs beneath the glamorous surface of California - from the mountains of cocaine inside the mansions, to bums hanging outside of liquor stores, long sleazy nights and golden sunsets.
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