Saturday, 30 April 2011
The Go! Team - Apollo Throwdown
Reminiscent of early 90s cut-and-paste dance anthems; collating together a million obscure samples into their vast collage of sonic brilliance, The Go! Team's latest single Apollo Throwdown is a trippy dream-like construction. Dropping us for three minutes into a whirlwind of eclectic sounds and influences, it drips in the inventiveness the group have always been defined by. Timeless and exuberant to the extreme, it's a party song to cheer the soul.
Don't search for lyrics, meaning, or a chorus too deeply here. That's not what Apollo Throwdown is about. Previous single Buy Nothing Day was the 'chorus' song of the album; the traditional burst of all-out pop - but here the emphasis is placed solely on the beats. And what wonderful beats they are. The song seems to blossom and multiply out of that percussive element, fashioning a barrage of sound that batters into you like a truck. And you're picked up and swept along by it into everything else the song has to offer.
What The Go! Team have always done so well is conjuring up that 'feeling' of happiness and the perfect bliss of when you know, deep down in yourself, that you're having a good time. And once again, they're right on the money with Apollo Throwdown.
Apollo Throwdown is available to download from iTunes now.