They’re back!! I’ve heard lots of soft, muffled, paddy* synth drums on pop records just lately, for that nebulous cusp-of-the-80s/90s vibe.
- The new Hot Chip album has ‘em! GOOD!
- So does the Hurts single! NOT SO GOOD!
- So does Alicia Keys’ “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart”, in fact the whole production on that sounds deliberately submerged like she’s trying to create her own hi-gloss version of “chillwave”. (It is awesome). GOOD!
- And in a funny way I think the whole thing may have sprung out of Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love”. ALSO GOOD!
Here is your moody fag-end-of-the-80s soft-synth primer in one song.
*excuse my TECHNICAL TERMS here.