Young Athletes League, a nice young fresh synth house duo from Dalston, London, are creeping up on the hype-scene with their enchanting style of looping dance pop.
I first became aware of them through their fantastic rework of the cheesier than thou classic, Phil Collins’ ‘Another Day in Paradise’ retitled ‘Jag älskar dig’. Even though it’s almost like touching the forbidden fruit, it works on so many levels; it just makes you fall in love with the original again.
Check it out:
They describe themselves as:
"A SOUTH ONE LONDON EASTERN SYNTHETIC LOOP. ROTATING GUITARS IN (E)MOTION. HI-NRG MIDI FAILURE; WATERBORNE SNARE MULTI-TRACKING; SURFING OUT OF SUSPENSE PARTIES LUXURIANT ON THE DANCEFLOOR. THAT WHICH WE CAN SAY IS ALL"
But the truth of the matter is they possess the same qualities Mount Kimbie had when they first started out, young, innocent and just doing it for the fun of it. They experiment with stretched out production, long ambient details underpinned by some housier elements, reminiscent of Blondes, Chad Valley and John Maus.
To be totally honest, saying you come out of the East London scene is never a great idea, as it’s mind-numbingly over fashionable and littered with ‘all style and no substance’ acts, but they have something that takes them out a little further than all of that.
‘MorgenLuft’ is almost a Brian Eno/Krautrock tribute, an ode to long-bendy synths from the 70s’, downtime before you get those 5am get up calls for the weekend clubs. ‘Forget it And Go Home’ is a Balearic poppy dance rework which somehow sounds like something Foals would do if they were hamming it out in Ibiza.
Although fresh out of the blocks, Young Athletes League are already getting their first U.S. release, a new label out of Brooklyn called Ceremony will put out their first EP called We Only Feed Ourselves featuring two new tracks "Monaco Sunglasses" and "Glossed Over" which you can listen to here:
We Only Feed Ourselves is out on March 29th, get it right here
Published March 21, 2011.