Describing themselves as “nerding out in the musical space in between Prince, Ween and George Clinton” is the duo from Sydney, Beat Club. Their debut single Body Heat is an ideal example of the electro funk and sex funk genre the duo classifies themselves as.
Beat Club runs on heat. Which heat? Body Heat!
Now I must admit before continuing with this piece, that I have never really listening to a great deal of electro funk or sex funk for that matter*. In saying that, Beat Club has now made another fan of the genre. After hearing them for the first time, I had to replay it right away – there was just something about it that struck me. It wasn’t until I had replayed the track a couple more times that I found myself singing along to the lyrics and bopping away that I realised – I was hooked!
Formed in 2014, Simon Carter and Todd Smith are the eccentric duo that makes up Beat Club and whilst they are currently unsigned, I doubt it will be for much longer, especially with the vacuum left in the scene with absence of Bluejuice. The main aim for the duo with their music is to be able to create ‘mega-danceable, baby-making music with a cheeky grin’.
The debut single Body Heat is filled with electro-funk, which you can’t help but find yourself, responding to its beat. The single has a quality to it that sounds like you have put on a best of 80’s pop mix – this decadal quality is a credit to the duo, as it is not often that a classic sound specific to a particular era can be given a modern twist to combine musical genius. Beat Club has done exactly that. Body Heat makes you want to live your guilty dreams of leg warmers and shoulder pads or the iconic denim-on-denim whilst funking out to their single – you cant help but enjoy it.
Body Heat has certainly lived up to the want from Beat Club to create mega-danceable music and if this is the first representation of what the boys can do – I really cannot wait to see what is next!
*Editorial has now made it compulsory for all writers to listen to at least 50% of the Jamiroquai discography before contributing to Happy.
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