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As someone who just about understands the difference between ‘House’ and ‘Garage’ (you keep the car in one right?) when I read Malibu Shark Attack describe their music as “Post New Wave-Prog-Electronica-Indiecore-Synthpop Rap” I was naturally worried I was going to be more than a little out of my depth with this review.
But before I get into that, who are Malibu Shark Attack? Well, they are the unlikely trans-Atlantic collaboration between our very own Rocky O’Reilly (ex-Oppenheimer) and Tribe One who is one third of Atlanta rap act The Remnant. How this union came about isn’t quite clear, but what is clear is that the collaboration works even if, at first listen I was not entirely convinced.
On first listen what they describe as ‘hooky soundscapes’ seemed a little dated and simplistic to me but, with further listens, the mixture of the soft tones O’Reilly has created and soft-toned voice of Tribe One allied with his positive message, really does work. It reminds me of an electronic version of Arrested Development.
I’ve always been of the mind that, irrespective of genre, a good song is a good song is a good song and this is a good song.
‘Doing It Wrong’ is available now at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/doing-it-wrong-feat.-tribe/id705139222