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Debut album from the London five piece, fresh from the NME Nu-Rave tour having played with the likes of Klaxons and CSS. This electro pop album includes indie dancefloor hits 'The Bomb' and 'Get Lucky' as well as the insanely sexy and catchy 'Ice Cream', recognisable from Intel's recent TV campaign.
New Young Pony Club: new rave or new disco? Answer: who cares when their music sounds this good? The London quintet might be a new phenomenon to some, but others will know them well, as theyve been working hard behind the scenes for a good three years or so, building up a solid fan base to accommodate the release of this debut album. And what a debut it is. Fantastic Playroom ticks all the right "influence" boxes--Bowie, Blondie, New Order-to make it suitably zeitgeist-capturing, yet their tunes are infused with an extra savvy and edginess, putting them slightly ahead of the new whatever game. Singles like "Ice Cream" and "The Bomb" illustrate the bands way with a sexy rhythm; songs like the percussive "Hiding on the Staircase" keep the party going, while the bands 80s style synth-pop indulgences come unashamedly to the fore on "The Get Go" and "The Jerk." A large part of the bands appeal is vocalist Tahita Bulmer, whose slightly detached vocal delivery sits well on the bands songs. True, Fantastic Playroom can feel more like a collection of singles than a coherent album at times, but thats just what this band do best. We should love them for it. --Paul Sullivan
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.75 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.58 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Modular/Interscope
- Date First Available : June 20, 2007
- Label : Modular/Interscope
- ASIN : B000ROAB6C
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #227,497 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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by Chromeo. I can't even begin to guess at how many times in a row I've listened to it, it took me a few listens to really get into it, but as with most CDs that happens. It is hard to describe the music...it's pop-y, catchy, and reminds me of the 80's. It is one of my most listened to CDs since I got a hold of The Essential Alice in Chains: Alice in Chains, The Faint, or Give Up: The Postal Service.
Liking my first exposure to the band I got this CD a few months later. Ugh. Hardly sounded like the same band. Inane lyrics and vapid dance beats, and songs that were clearly not well written. This album was so annoying I couldn't get past two complete listens, which is very rare for me. But when confronted with an album as annoying and pointless as this one, why waste my time?
Fantastic Playroom, NYCP's debut album, is a romper room of fun and danceable beats. Singer Tahita Bulmer's voice sounds more like Imperial Teen (i.e. frequently out of tune) than Sarah Brightman, but this isn't really a bad thing in this case. Sometimes the more technically correct a vocalist sings, the less accessible they are.
"Get Lucky" opens the album, a groovy number about, gasp!, getting lucky! This song reminds me of Peaches, without the vulgarity. "Hiding on the Staircase" is the next track, and the one that stands out the most on the album. It is very different from the disco rock sound that is featured just about everywhere else. This song has a great tribal beat (not circuit tribal for all those people out there who love their club music) and a great political message. This is probably one of the most exciting songs on the album. "Ice Cream," their big cult hit, is the following song. I cannot get enough of this song, and for those in the same boat, track down Van She's fantastic Tech Mix of this song. Blowing full force back into disco, this song is not only as infectious as ice cream, but just as smooth and delicious. NYCP amp it up for "The Bomb," a relative stomper with a sing-a-long feel to it. Definitely a stand out. There are only a few tracks I don't really dig, like "Talking, Talking" and "Grey," in which we are told that grey is not their favorite color.
Summary - This album is for anyone with a desire to shake their booty, for anyone who loves their music a little different, or for anyone who's been looking for the next Blondie.
Every single song is enjoyable and fun. Do yourself a solid and listen to the album for yourself. I think you wont be disappointed.
I was listening to independent radio here in LA and they played Ice Cream. The song IMMEDIATELY caught my attention with its hook much like CAKE did with "Never There".
I checked it out on Itunes and bought the album immediately. I have turned so many friends onto it and they are all amazed how hot their sound is...the band is tight and she is such a Blondie-esque detached almost "Waitresses" sound.
If you like punk, 80s new wave, dance or pop this CD will work for you!
Keep it coming NYPC!
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NYPC produce some nice neat songs and clearly have listened to a lot of different sources to produce modern smart pop. They remind me a little of a cleaner sounding CSS. I believe their live performances can leave a little to be desired. We shall see.
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