G & Doro: If I See You EP (Palm Tapes, 2017)

May 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

G & Doro: If I See You EP

Sweet dance-pop which sounds like it legitimately could’ve been huge circa 1991, when house had made a pretty substantial impact on mainstream pop music. Bright, slick, fresh synths and breakbeats, along with yearning, affectionate vocals from Dorothea Paas. Basically, this sounds like a bit of everything that was popular on MTV right before Nirvana and gangsta rap took over the pop music landscape. Think Soul II Soul, new jack swing, and not quite Mariah Carey but artists who were on the radio at that time but didn’t end up being megastars, like Cathy Dennis or Tara Kemp. Mind you, I’m not really crazy about any of that music, but these songs right here are quite good. “No Looking Back” is just a really sweet mix of lush synths and fluttering vocals (and bird chirps, also). “Something Real (Uncanny Mix)” has Amen breaks and pianos, but it builds a pop song over it, and it works fantastically. I feel like there’s a large amount of tape labels that have been trying to release material that’s nostalgic for this time period but haven’t really hit it out of the park like this tape does. Listen on Bandcamp, and purchase a tape directly from Palm Tapes.

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