Boomkat Product Review:
Founding members of Black Dice & Gang Gang Dance unite for a buoyant album of surf-house licks and grooves blessed with a typically loose, outernational charm.
An effortlessly natural fusion of their respective styles forged over the past few decades playing in revered bands, ‘Riders on the Storm’ is a frothy collection of succinct, upbeat, and endearingly melodic tunes lathering surf and highlife-toned guitars into indie-pop and synth wave melodies, swept with burbling house-not-house machine rhythm and glittering arps.
A brined, mid-fi echo of high gloss Yacht disco themes and effusive new wave and post-punk, it braids the ebullient spirits of Eric and Josh with the humble and admirable intention to act as a resistance against the shiftiness of the times, leaving aside any of the noisy or knowingly freaky aspects as the musicks in favour of a liberated and light-hearted approach that bubbles with a lowkey joy.
Wiggly jam ‘TA’ sets the tone for a lissom batch of leftfield ‘floor friendly gems spanning harmonised deep house/Afrobeat elements recalling Arthur Russell via a wet sandy towel on ‘thick Shake’, and percolated E2-E4 vibes on ‘Blob’, with a fine stripe of downbeat, underwater disco bop on ‘FIIK’ and 100% Silk-adjacent disco-house in ‘Distant Duos’, while the closing couplet of balcony-shuffle groove in ’Tequila’ and the groggy ‘Sandman’ take it home, sun-kissed and woozy from the good times.