Saturday, March 22, 2008

Neon Neon - Stainless Style

Side project of Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals vocalist) and hip-hop producer Boom Bip, Neon Neon have just released their debut album, a conceptual work loosely based around the life of John DeLorean, an apparently legendary figure that has left a big impact on the 1980's imagery. "Stainless Style" is also one of the most disarming albums heard in recent times, with so many styles cited and influences incorporated that it may actually be hard to keep track on all of them. If the 1980's are a (very) big source of inspiration in here, the focus isn't in just one particular moment, because basically everything they may have encountered on their way seems to have ended up in the final cut. This means we have minimal electro songs, power-pop anthems (Duran Duran have been mentioned in some reviews and it's perfectly understandable), acid-house synths, cheesy keyboards, dirty hip-hop beats (with guest apperances from Spank Rock and Yo Majesty) and many other delicious elements used to create an hybrid and enthusiastic fusion. All this is topped by a very-now post-modern attitude that never ceases to find new ways of creating pleasure out of hidden treats that supposedly should have been in the garbage for long, at least according to us common mortals. The result is a huge monument to versatility and an incendiary pop album full of catchy hooks, clever no-rules inventions and infectiously retro visions. (8,5/10)

Neon Neon - I Lust U - feat. Cate Le Bon (video)

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