Serge Santiago and Tom Neville seem to have struck as real chord with the dance music fraternity with their new italo project Retro/Grade.
‘Reset’ was the track of the night when we saw the duo play the midnight set for New Year’s eve and their new track ‘Mindfighter’ definitely continues the chrome-plated italo-pop aesthetic.
Following on from the hypnotic disco juggernaut of ‘Reset’, the EP’s title track Mindfighter arrives like a throbbing, chrome-plated vision of the future, the sound of Kraftwerk’s Robots breaking free from their rigid teutonic programming and storming the discotheque.
Over a pulsing drumbeat, bubbling synths and increasingly urgent strings ‘Mindfighter’s’ agitated vocals push the track closer and closer to the edge of reason, perfectly capturing that moment on the dancefloor where things start to spiral out of control. ‘Mindfighter’ comes complete with a time tripping video directed by Weirdcore, also responsible for the band’s epic live visuals.
Next up is the percussive Italo-Disco bomb ‘Escape Sequence,’ six minutes of driving tropical beats, elasticated bass lines and a chorus of robotic angels that perfectly joins the dots between the band’s influences and the most exciting club music of today.
Finally completing the EP Tom and Serge go deep with ‘Vector’, a disorientating combination of Moroder’esque disco, eastern drones and cinematic atmospherics. If Blade Runner’s sprawling 21st century megalopolis had been based on Cairo rather than Los Angeles, this would have been the kind of soundtrack Vangelis would have dreamed of creating.