Q*Ball In Space
An intergalactic space ranger who moonlights as a go-go dancer in the seedy underground nightclubs of Madagascar, Q*Ball is poised to make his mark on the international music scene with his unique brand of electro-pop. Q*Ball's music is accessible to fans of mainstream pop & alternative music, but also has an audience in the underground DJ scene. Songs like "Edith," a bump-and-grind instrumental tribute to All In The Family's Edith Bunker, and "Licky," a soon-to-be club anthem, illustrate the dance hall appeal of Q*Ball's music, while "Get On The Bus" reminds one of U2 on one of their "Pop"-era binges.
"Q*Ball In Space" is refreshingly clear and modern sounding, reflecting elements of Zooropa-era U2, Gregg Alexander & some vocal similarities to a post-Notorious Duran Duran. The arrangements are not oversaturated with keyboards and synths the way many off-major groups do on their first albums. This restraint is commendable & allows room for some unexpected pleasures. Dreamlike tracks like "Hey DJ" and "Beautiful" seem to be taking up where groups like the Beloved left off, & a more overtly techno-driven piece, "Chew," pulls off the guttural with verve.
Recommended if you like: Moby, Beck, U2, Faith No More, Duran Duran, George Michael, White Zombie, B-52's
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