Today is a very good day! The sun is out (in Brussels, that is), the weekend is just around the corner and… we’re celebrating the worldwide release of MonkeyRobots Earshot EP! The record is released on the forward-thinking Darker Than Wax label and features 7 (!) new tracks. I had the privilege to have the 7-track EP on constant repeat the last couple of days and I can assure you: this is what one might call essential. All tracks keep growing on you, sounding better, fresher and more versatile at every, well, earshot. A true treat. This is how the label, Darker Than Wax, puts it:
Earshot” has a lovely intro in High Five, which kicks off with a wonky bassline before flipping into a total fusion workout. This immediately sets the tone for the Ep. “Dumpster Diving” takes over with a House mode, one which would prove to be extremely useful in getting a floor started. Beau on the other hand, provides a shade of contrast, with Glaper-esque keys which illuminate the journey of the album. The energy picks up again with the ethnic percussions and half step breakdown of Shango, showcasing the multi-faceted side of this duo, while “Bright” morphs into a late night House workout once again, this time employing slight Techno elements in its composition. And finally, capping off the Ep is “Generation”, a slick dub blend – the oscillating synths blanketed over groovy basslines are ingeniously comforting and catchy, ending the album on an exulting note. The subtle dexterity of MonkeyRobots shines through their compositional arrangements – making this one of Darker Than Wax’s most palatable releases so far.
Need we say more? Go to the Darker Than Wax bandcamp page where buying the Earshot EP gives you a sure (ear)shot at starting the weekend properly. And to all of you promoters out there: the release of the Earshot EP comes with a steaming new live show of course. So get in touch!