Tokyo DreamPop outfit alloapm are no strangers to these pages, always delivering something a little left-field and a little funky. The duo have just got on-board with London’s Heavy Disco label and this week release their new EP, Wavepop. It’s four tracks worth of psychedelic, freeform and surprisingly emotive, synthetic DiscoPop.
The EP’s tracks have all been kicking around in one form or another for a while this year, but collected and mastered here give a nice immersive alloapam experience. Kicking off with Talking To My Radio, a synth buzzing, vocal warbling, retro grooving slice of musical sunshine. Weaving some experimental arrangements, alloapm layer a variety of robotic sounds and stripped back synth melodies with heavily modulated vocals but keep everything tight and upbeat with a number of summery lead lines. Midnight Cake takes on more of a laid back vibe, complimenting alloapm’s electronics with a wicked muted Disco lick and some hazy, almost Chillwavey vocals and probably comes the closes to contemporary Disco on the EP. The EP’s closing track, Malibu Club, gets it’s 80s groove on from the opening bar. This is a proper retro Pop song, aspirational and infectiously danceable, it;s thick vintage digital synth sounds pulsate away providing the perfect backing for some vintage Electronic Soul vocals and (what is essentially) the spiritual successor to Madonna’s Holiday, or maybe Wham!’s Club Tropicana, only weirder. Lush 80s Pop. the EP also comes equipped with a reMix of Talking To My Radio from Abelard and is definitely worth picking up.
♫ alloapm – Talking To My Radio
♫ alloapm – Midnight Cake
♫ alloapm (Feat. Kai Lavatai) – Malibu Club
alloapm’s Wavepop EP is out now.
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