Ironic, isn’t it? We come out of a summer of ups and downs and suddenly to get hammered with a whole host of dance music: everything from the strict end of Aeroplane and Teengirl Fantasy to the dubstep styling of Magnetic Man and Katy B. And here I was thinking that I’d have to make Delorean’s “Subiza” last me until next year.
Out of Seattle to save the day comes Beat Connection, perhaps the most joyous and oddball of all. Their MySpace page describes the duo of Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger as tropical and psychedelic. They have a typically hazy photograph of themselves. So what exactly is making Beat Connection stand out? Perhaps it’s because their influences have a massive range. Their “Surf Noir” EP is a mix of different electronic styles mashed together in a way that shouldn’t work, but actually holds together incredibly well. Take “In The Water”. It begins like a Yeasayer song, all chanting and hypnotic samples, then moulds itself into a darker version of Delorean, adding on urgent guitars to give it a distinct indie credibility. They even through some steel drums in there, as if it wasn’t hypnotic and mind-boggling enough. It’s almost as if Koplowitz and Juenger are poking fun at their beach-party feel. In comparison, “Wildheart” has the jarring claustrophobia of some of Little Dragon’s more experimental moments while the melody of “Same Damn Time” wouldn’t go amiss on the latest LCD Soundsystem album.
While still a distinctly underground gem, “Surf Noir” has gained positive attention from the likes of Pitchfork. So if you like your dance music with a bit of a twist then you could do a lot worse then pick up this diamond in the rough. It beats playing “Subiza” for the thousandth time.
“Surf Noir” is available to listen to on Beat Connection’s MySpace Page. You can listen to “In The Water” below.
This article was originally written by me for Faux Magazine.