Tanlines: Definitely not from Jamaica, then.

Brooklyn duo Tanlines may not be everyone’s cup of tea, or can of Lilt as the case may be. Originally in separate bands (Cohen was in Professor Murder, and Emm was in Don Caballero/Storm and Stress), they got together as a production duo and started remixing stuff like Au Revoir Simone and Glasser. I’m not sure what conversations were had or what creative decisions were made, but basically, they’ve taken Carribean carnival music – bear with me – and synthed it up, resulting in a kind of slowed down, electro-pop dancehall swing.

I first got excited about their remix of Memory Tapes’ Bicycle, then explored a bit further and got more excited about this:

And then practically got on my kitchen table, shaking a pair of maracas and shouting ‘totally tropical’ in an awful Jamaican accent over this:

It’s amazing what a calypso beat and a few synthesised steel drum sounds can do for the soul, especially when it’s EFFING FREEZING outside.

But anyway, they were due to play Glasgow last night but had to cancel due to aforementioned EFFING FREEZINGNESS. However. We have managed to get three copies of their new EP Volume On to give away, either in MP3 format or – get this – in actual shiny disc, hold-it-in-your-hand, put-it-on-your-shelf CD format.

All you need to do is comment on this post with your favourite soft drink, and the first three people will get a copy of the album.

N.B. It’s really, really good.

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  1. Dane says:

    Mine is Fanta Shokata, which they don’t sell in UK. It’s elderflower and lemon flavoured. I want to hold the shiny thing in my hand!

  2. jinty says:

    tangooooooo BOOM

  3. Rosie says:

    …would it be terribly outrageous to say Irn Bru? (with Oringina a close second… what is it with orange-themed drinks?)

  4. jinty says:

    the shiny option would be the best! (irn bru would be my second chioce rosie)

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