In the Post #72: The Whip – Wired Together (sampler)

By on Thursday, 23rd June 2011 at 12:00 pm

Three years it’s been since their debut album, ‘X Marks Destination’, was released. But the Whip, originally from the outskirts of Manchester (Oldham to be exact), have announced they’re going to release their sophomore long player, ‘Wired Together’, in mid-September. This is good news for electro / dance / rock loving kids like myself, those who didn’t really completely connect with Metronomy’s ‘The English Riviera’, for example. Three months of the new album dropping in your local music shop, the band are offering up a stream of five of the tracks for your early consumption, to get you psyched up for the actual release, of course. To be fair, it’s the perfect time to get people thinking about the upcoming album, as the band is scheduled to appear at Wireless, Shoreditch, Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals in July, and support the Music in August on their farewell tour, and then follow these live appearances with sets at Newcastle Ignition and Leefest in mid-August. (Specific details on the album and these live gigs are on the band’s official Web site.)

Things start off in fine fashion with ‘Secret Weapon’ and ‘Movement’; I used the words “fine fashion” because these tracks have got so much spunk, so much confidence, they makes me want to prance down a catwalk in some groovy chic Vivienne Westwood and 5-inch stillettos. (To be honest, this whole sampler should be snapped up for London Fashion Week. I get some royalties for the suggestion, surely?) I can totally see people getting down and dirty to the groove to these songs in a club. The last minute or so of ‘Movement’ for the track breakdown is very sexy.

Then comes the pulsating beats of ‘Riot’. This one has a bigger, Tiesto / deadmau5 kind of sound, especially when you’ve explored the track about a third of the way in, and I suspect the track is geared towards and will be welcomed wholeheartedly by fans of those famed DJs. Have the Whip ever played Ultra Music Festival? If not, they sound ready for 2012, ready to raise the roof. Even with the slow down at the 3-minute mark, the song comes roaring back in great form.

After three phenomenal tracks, you might feel a bit let down with ‘Master of Ceremonies’ (new age-y and not nearly as exciting). But ‘Slow Down’ renews your faith. It reminds me a bit of Savage Garden (which is kind of funny, given we just reviewed Darren Hayes’ latest single yesterday). But I guess the explanation for the slower pace of this song is that ravers can’t go on forever. I guess this appears on the album so you can catch your breath.

But my interest has been piqued, which is what samplers are supposed to do, right? Can’t wait for the album. Roll on September!


‘Wired Together’, the new album from the Whip, will be released on 19 September on Southern Fried Records. (But fried chicken doesn’t really go with electronic music…or does it?)

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