SEKADA – Easy Come, Easy Go

The latest offering from Brighton-based electronic outfit SEKADA arrived in my inbox this week.

Now I’m not someone that usually reaches for this particular genre when I’m looking for something to listen to. In general, I tend to find electronic music either too poppy or too reminiscent of the Mediterranean club scene that I’ve always been that little too old to appreciate.

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Easy Come, Easy Go is different, however. Yes, there’s the familiarity that comes with the obvious drum-beats and synth fills, but this is an overall darker song, which appeals to my New Wave roots in a way that most modern songs of this type never do.

There’s also the hint of protest overlaying through the vocals and video that somehow belies a genre that most people would associate with youngsters simply trying to have a very good, very noisy time.

Hannah’s vocals provide a nice balance with the heavy chords and Emm’s rap section, and the melody has a habit of switching tempo at the drop of a hat – which in this case is a trick the band have pulled off well.

I guess if I had a slight criticism of the track, it’s that there’s not quite enough of Hannah’s unprocessed vocals. I’ve listened to a few of her solo tracks on YouTube and she’s got a voice of quality, depth and emotion that somehow struggles to come across when in the presented mix of the band’s synthetic sound-wall. I know that’s not necessarily the track or the band’s fault at all, I’d just like to hear some more of their stuff where they bring a slightly more natural element to the music to blend with the reconstructed and the commercial.

Overall? Easy Come, Easy Go surprised me. It wasn’t what I was expecting to hear, and that’s always a good thing. Nice one, guys…

For more on SEKADA, their website is http://www.sekadauk.com or they are on Facebook and YouTube.

Band line up:
Hannah Renton- Vocals
Emm Tyrokomakis- Vocals/producer
Ollie Dolling- Drums
George Kararizos- Bass

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Dancing With Ruby – In The Interests Of Beasts

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I listen to a lot of music, and whilst this is clearly fun, inspirational, and a great way to waste a lot of time, there’s usually a challenge for me in that. Not to decide if I like the music or not, that’s always pretty binary, and (like you, I suspect) you know what you like and what you don’t.

No, the challenge is often how to categorise the music. Is it Metal? Is it metalcore? Is it Death Metal, or Thrash Metal, or some other obscure variant of any number of similar styles? It ain’t just metal either – you get the same variants in soul, dance, hip-hop, rock, pop, and jazz. It’s a conumndrum.

Not so with Dancing With Ruby.

It’s pure electronica. Clearly. There’s really no ambiguity when it comes to Dancing With Ruby.

The duo of Matt Culpin on keyboards, allied to the ethereal voice of Charlie Sanderson, deliver an almost unique experience. Charlie’s vocals have a breathy, child-like quality that draw you into what always feels like an emotional voyage through each song.

The tracks themselves have well-crafted, rhythmic melodies that showcase Matt’s excellent musicianship.

Favourite tracks? I love the way the opening track, Spiders, establishes a focus on Charlie’s voice with a metronomic intro that slowly builds layer on layer. Creature is a more eclectic, but no less rhythmic track, and brings in an 80s Yazoo / early Depeche Mode feel that continues with the final song, Dance Move Feel, which is very much the poppiest of the ten tracks.

Verdict: Dancing With Ruby are well worth a listen. Thing is, you find yourself then taking a second trip. Then a third. Sure, it won’t appeal to most metal-heads, but to everyone else, it’s a journey you really sought to make.

Find out more about the duo at https://www.facebook.com/dancingwithruby