The YouTube description for Rainbow Arabia’s “Holiday in Congo” promises “tropical awkwardness,” which is maybe a more apt description of the band’s usual output than our standard, “seems like a super dubious band name/cover art.” The first thirty seconds of “Without You” are familiar territory: mondo-“world” percussion, basic square wave and bell synth. But then it all drops out and front woman Tiffany Preston’s belting out I’M STILL HEEERE, exposed as she'll ever be. When the drums kick back in they're in vogue, darker. It's becoming. The toms reappear, of course, but they’re backing that big snare now, more Gloria Estefan “Conga” than just conga, if that makes sense. 7-inch coming February 22nd on Kompakt, look forward to remixes by Nguzunguzu and Michael Mayer.
January 13, 2011