Debut 4-song 7" by Brooklyn via L.A. mystery popsters with connections to Raw Thrills, Insted, Outer Limits Recordings, James Ferraro, & Luke Perry.... features Basement Jaxx/Michael Jackson/Sparks pop aspirations filtered through a Haunted Graffiti homemade aesthetic.
"Chart smashing stuff from the Olde English Spelling Bee camp, dropping the debut from Brooklyn's hugely tipped Greatest Hits. Aside from having one of the best names ever, this band also make some of the most f**ked up pop music we've heard all year. Think Autre Ne Veut doing a guest spot on The Hitman And Her presented by Pete Waterman and James V/VM in a Michaela Strachan mask, and you're almost there. The PWL-production line groove of 'Danse Pop' is our favourite, while 'Make You Mine' strikes a baggier rut of Balearic sunshine, pished-up on warm vodka and starved of oxygen from smoking too many Regals. On the flip 'Stop And Go' is a weird-out slice of FM boogie pop pie and 'Ambulance' is a snottier electropunk nugget. Can the Olde English Spelling Bee do no wrong? Magic." - Boomkat
"The little I’ve gathered about Greatest Hits from talking to friends is that they’re a duo (or a trio) from Los Angeles (I’m fairly certain) that now live in Brooklyn (definitely) and are on Olde English Spelling Bee, with a new 7″ out next Tuesday. Speculations and confirmations aside, the song anchoring the four-track release is “Danse Pop,” which is both dance and pop, though skewed, skittering, and comfortably warped on both fronts. Despite its slap-back vocal effects, oddball harmonies, and Kevin Barnes breakdown/exeunt, you could jam this into an otherwise straight-laced DJ set and not alienate the entire party. Or jam it at a screwed DJ set and unite it." - Stereogum
"No, Greatest Hits have nothing to do with A.R.E. Weapons, but neither are these guys as frigid as cold-chill-wave contemporaries, and let's not even go to the witch hunt Salem construe, this isn't close. Pause for a moment then, and consider the last time you heard what this "sounds like". The fun part is they named themselves so self-consciously that it's a chemistry lab of pop compounds from all over the dance chart: new wave quotes, Suicidal tendencies, bad Arlene's Grocery shows where Hot Topic goths don't want to read blogs, Jock Jams, some early Oughts dance parties with people dressed in tin foil... Moroder, pre-Diddy mid-90s Puff Daddy, and the galaxy-wide abyss that separates Washed Out and "I'm So Excited". Sort of like saying, "These guys sound like Michael Jackson and The Cure." Yes, you're ineffably a little closer, but then you're also even farther away. A Heisenberg Principle of lo-fi dance crack." - Impose Magazine
released September 15, 2010
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