Friday, May 9, 2014

Can someone sound the Klaxons' klaxon?

Like the Nintendo Wii and Kevin Federline, The Klaxons were big news in 2006, after which they apparently hitched a one-way ride to dumperville.

Fans of "new rave" will be pleased to hear, though, that The Klaxons are staging a rather convincing comeback. The ground was laid last summer, with this bleep-tastic remix of MKS's Flatlines:

Their own new material started to appear in March, led by the dreamy, Gorgon City-produced There Is No Other Time. It "peaked" at number 42 in the charts, which is worse than it deserved. Maybe a guest verse from Pitbull or Jason Derulo would have helped.

Undeterred, the band are back for another crack at the top 40, this time with Show Me A Miracle, which singer Jamie Reynolds calls a naive response" to dance music.

"We were listening to a lot of Bauer and a lot of R&B and hip-hop," he told Zane Lowe, "genres we've never tried to make before. We just got together around a table and started trying to replicate it."

Have they succeeded? Not really. This still sounds exactly like a Klaxons record. But a very good Klaxons record, nonetheless.

The Klaxons' third album Love Frequency will be released on 2 June, with production from Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers, Erol Alkan, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and more. So there you go.

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