Saturday, 18 June 2011

The Japanese Popstars : Controlling Your Allegiance

So it seems Robert Smith is all about 'dance' again, first with the fab 'Not in Love' alongside Crystal Castles and now with the very cool Japanese Popstars (who are actually the trio of clever knob twiddlers, Gary Curran, Declin McLaughlin and Gareth Donoghue, from Northern Ireland)

There's now a full version available to listen so reblogging it along with some more information on The Popstars and their latest offering. 'Take Forever' has a foot stomping bass line and some reverberating chimes to pop it up and deliver something that will appeal to fans of electronic and indie music, and most likely the original Cure fans. It's that signature Smith melancholic tone with some dance beats which worked so well on the Castles track too.

Recently signed with Virgin, the second album 'Controlling Your Allegiance', due to be released June 21, is an array of guests including the aforementioned Cure frontman, Editors Tom Smith, Morgan Kibby of M83 and a rather hooky collaboration with Green Velvet.Tom Smith's big voice lends surprisingly well to a dance track too and comes with lush synths and an interesting, partially King Kong inspired animated video. I love these unexpected collaborations...The Japanese Popstars are successfully hanging on to established fans from 2008's debut, 'We Just Are' and picking up a few more along the way.

With some pretty cool club remixes including Editors 'Papillion' and Mode's 'Peace', their reworking of Daft Punk's 'Arena' for the 'Tron: Legacy Reconfigured' and the current album 'Controlling Your Allegiance', these guys have fingers in many pies so worth keeping an eye/ear/everything out for in future.

Just relax and let go...

Must Listens:

Take Forever
Let Go

Related link:

The Japanese Popstars official site 

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