It’s good to give back…
Club NME has been going strong every Friday night at KOKO for the last six years.
During this time we have witnessed some stunning sets from bands including MGMT, The Gossip and Patrick Wolf, we have been left speechless at the lyrical genius of kreayshawn and paid our respects to Jess Mills and the electro delight of Icona Pop, we have avoided the sandwiches that Pete Doherty left in the dressing room, and more recently we have had our chakras re-aligned by Turbowolf.
We have welcomed lots of happy regulars who make KOKO their home on a Friday and we thought it’s time we said thanks in the best way we could, with a special one off Saturday special featuring a couple of our very favourite bands at a bargain price of just five English pounds in advance.
Goose – Goose started out as an AC/DC cover band, but they quickly found their own agenda by absorbing great amount of synth into the musical system. Belgium is located just between France and Germany - and in the same manner, Goose are the sound of an intense duel between Kraftwerk and Daft Punk at a lay-by in the Benelux.
The way Goose see it, there’s no point repeating yourself. They’d already done the noisy dance-music-with-rock-attitude thing on their 2006 debut, Bring It On. Upon its release, the barking synths, shouty vocals and red-line energy levels chimed with the Justice/Ed Banger scene.
On Synrise the band look to '70s space disco such as Automat and '80s movie soundtracks, names such as Philip Glass, Giorgio Moroder and Vangelis. The end result is more than the sum of these parts: it’s an album of dance tunes with pop song structures.
It opens with the title track, Synrise, a jet streaming soundscape of Moroder-like synth arpeggios that build and build to a guest appearance from Peaches, who hums the hook. The gravelly vocals and menacing digital bass on Words could be easily be a vintage Chemical Brothers track, while the spiralling atmospheres on In Cars combine that trance influence with some Klaxons-style vocals. Meanwhile, lead single Can’t Stop Me Now starts with a snarling riff, then silvery strings slide in and the track lifts off into effortlessly cool but unmistakably pop territory. It’s hugely varied, epic stuff, clubby, yet poppy, starting bright and ending dark.
Autokratz - infectious bass hooks; insanely catchy vocals, compulsive beats and bleeps can only mean one thing. You are listening to the sound of Kitsune East London darlings Autokratz.
This is the best way to get a party started known to human kind.
Your DJs for the evening, two of the leading lights of Club NME - Ed Wilder and Alana B Devotion.