Thursday, 24 November 2011
With the overbearing wave of precision engineered club music sweeping the charts right now, it's refreshing to hear that there's still those fighting the cause for a more hand-crafted, authentic kind of electronic pop out there. Enter Kovak, the Brighton-based band bringing back all the synth delights of the 80s to pair them with an intelligent contemporary pop outlook.
For the most part, their music beats with the essence of groups like The Human League and Yazoo, but the nostalgia is always tempered with a sleek 21st century refinement.
I Love The Dancefloor is a gloriously up-beat party number, sharp guitar stabs punctuating a bratty Brit-pop vocal. It's like Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out piped through the spirit of Blondie and a gallon of vodka shots. Meanwhile, Living The Dream is half Eurythmics, half Sophie Ellis-Bextor, a glamtastic strut through the trendiest of neon-bathed nightclubs.
The group's girl singer/three guy musicians aesthetic and electro/rock blend also recalls the likes of Garbage. For those who might mistake the synthetic love-ins for a sign of fluffiness, think again - this group has real bite. With Kovak, it's not just the music that's stylish, they look stylish too.
Above all, Kovak's tunes feel good. So often, bands are so concerned about giving off an impenetrable serious stance that they forget one of the core ethics behind music - its ability to touch the emotions. In Kovak's case, they're pushing all the buttons marked, joy, happiness, fun - and we love it.
Latest tracks by OfficialKovak