This time last week Charli XCX gave us the first taste of her just announced sophomore album, Sucker. That track, the rabble-rousing Break The Rules, has now itself a video.
A video which is almost exactly what you would expect. Whilst the song, and the clip, are pretty awesome, we’re kinda’ hoping that Charli’s recent assentation to US collaborative fame doesn’t stop her from being the producer of some of the most interesting Pop around. The occasional Break The Rules is great; but more Nuclear Seasons and You’re The One please.
Here’s a big surprise for the start of the week. It still feels like not so long ago that ElectroPop rabble-rouser Charli XCX released her début (or second, depending on your point-of-view) album True Romance. Now she;s just announced the impending release of her sophomore (or third, depending on your point-of-view) full length record. Out in October the new one is called Sucker, and thankfully sees her applying her recent flirtation with Punk to a bucket load of synths. Here’s the first taste of what’s to come, Break The Rules.
Break The Rules is a massive tune. Unashamedly Electro-Rock, with a rumbling bassline and pounding beat reminiscent of some of the big stadium tunes of the early 2000’s, but with added euphoric synth rises. You can definitely tell Charli has been getting her Punk on as she belts out her not-giving-a-shit anthem. This one could easily be the subject of some killer reMixes too. Colour us intrigued for the new album.
We’ve alluded to it before, but we now think it’s about time that someone sat down with the current crop of post-Electro Techno producers and explained to them, that they are just making EBM. The only difference between a lot of modern EBM and Eleccy Teccy producers is the publications they get written about in and the venues they are booked to play. Case in point, Belgian Electroheads Goose, who, admittedly, have always had Electro-Rock leanings and always been more than a little EBM anyway, but who now are primed to jump on board with the likes of Gesaffelstein in gruff arpeggio world-domination.
Check out their latest single, released next week. Falling’s open-hi-hat-on–beat 4/4 rhythm is pure Industrial stomp and it’s juggernaut arpeggiated hook is dancefloor twisted 242 magic. The track was mixed by French legend Alex Gopher and sets it’s self apart from the crowd not in it’s beats or basslines, but in it’s mastery of energy. The gradually rising, simplistic, vocals become a mantra guiding you through the highs and depths of the track. It’s a deceptively minimal tune that is always in complete control. More sophisticated than 99.9% of modern EBM? Yes definitely, but sonically right in the same boat.