Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Choon of the Week - Mylo "Muscle Cars"

One of my many unifying theories on film and music is that success can be achieved through a great hook or line. Most films that remain in our consciousness beyond the initial viewing do so because they got a few funny lines (ask anyone who swears by The Big Lebowski about their thoughts on nihilists and national socialism). Music is no different regardless of the genre - from hip-hop, to rock, anything of an electronic nature, the key is to have a hook. Big, little, doesn't matter, it just has to get stuck inside your head and make you twitch.

Mylo's "Muscle Cars" is a very simple tune, almost uninspiring at first glance - a bit of a Royksopp knock off, particularly with its straight up kick drum/snare drum pattern. But then the gooey keyboard riff starts to roll around inside your head and, while it still sounds very Royksopp-ish (which is certainly not a bad thing), it becomes hard to shake that melody.

Mylo has been a very fashionable flavor of late on the indie-dance/hipster club music/whatever 2manydjs and Erol Alkan spin circuit, with Mr. Alkan himself reworking the ubquitous "Drop the Pressure" (the song with the heavy vocodored voice repeating "motherfucker gonna drop the pressure"). His album Destroy Rock and Roll is pretty good - a bit too much like Groove Armada and Royksopp at times. The title track is a funny sample of a right-wing speech from the 80s about the evils of Duran Duran, Big Country, Hall & Oates, and Cyndie Lauper (pronounced by this guy as "looper"), and "Drop the Pressure" is certain not a terrible song to be omnipresent at clubs. But for me the nugget is "Muscle Cars" - simple, not necessarily original, but its got a hook, and that's all it needs.


NB: the album has two versions of the song. The instrumental version "Muscle Cars" is superior to the much clubbier and electro vocaled "Musclecar Reform Reprise."

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