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Bikini Invaders

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain | INDIE

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain | INDIE
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Attack It! (2010)



Both the Spanish and Canarian alt music scenes missed a debut like this. With the increasing international impact of Barcelona-based electro-dance rock acts such as Delorean or global sampling champion El Guincho (born also in the Canary Islands), there was the need of a work compelling the best of dance-oriented electronic mayhem coming out of the UK since last Summer of Love of 88, all that jazz that has been lately labeled in its fusion with indie trends as “nu rave”. It is not strange that a record like this was to appear in a territory like the Canaries, so linked, for obvious tourist reasons, to UK’s underground clubbing scene of the last 20 years.

A first listen could make us think to establish The Prodigy as the main referent for the Invaders creative world, but Howlett’s gang mean a bunch of master veterans repeating a formula they helped to breed, while the Invaders mean a nu generation reassuming a concept they did not witness in its origins, but they know it is people like them the ones called to revitalise it. Let’s say that the Invaders case is that of Hadouken! without the anguish of having to find the NME’s Single of the Week pleaser, which means same spirit but more creative freedom and capacity.

Thus, despite their youth, both Mr Voltage, a music teacher with a background in acts ranging from rock’core to synth pop, and Mr Disorder, an audiovisual maker with an experience as an underground DJ and a promoter in England in the last years, have been able to create a perfect sound collage moving from the 80’s 8bit and acid’s patterns to 90’s jungle and d’n’b’s atmospheres with infectious industrial and electro’s back ups.

Born in 2009, it has taken them less than a year to release their debut album “Attack It!”. This a title inferring the velocity and urgency of depicting the moment. They have done good in not awaiting to release this accelerated debut. Maybe in some months the Invaders could not exist or be doing something radically different -that’s the way it has to be understood their shocking acoustic version from “I Got Nothing” on the bonus tracks-, and that is something that confirms that the Tenerife duo have fully understood the DIY-punk’s spirit of both 20 years ago or today’s raving scene.

With the co-production and mixing by Javi Resonance, another “man on a mission” in the islands electronic scene, the coherent artwork and layout by Barcelona based designer Ankhside and the brilliant mastering by Christian Wright at London’s Abbey Road Studios, this debut album sounds with the “take no prisoners” spirit of old skool’s rave, which is exactly what the duo makes in their infectious live performances. This is cool, in the very meaning of the word.