Tuesday, 27 December 2011
The Knocks - Brightside
Brightside, the new single from NYC duo The Knocks, works so well because it exists distinctly in two musical planes.
On one hand is the glorious bounce and vigour of retro 80s sounds - the synthesisers positively drip the neon glow of twenty five years ago. This is the heady world of Club Tropicana and the Reflex, recreated again for another dip of intoxicating pleasure.
And then on the other hand is Brightside's contemporary sheen, slick production to crystalise this as every bit the modern floofiller it is.
A few years ago, the chart and airwaves were awash with joyous, happy club hits like this - but in recent years the trend seems to have been replaced by one for more darkly seductive tracks redolent in the excesses of bass. Brightside twists the dials back to more innocent times, more innocent fun - oh, and it's also simply one of the best club tracks out there going in to 2012.
Brightside is scheduled for a February release.