Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Come Back

Pillow Talk / Life And Death

Carefully caressing your back whilst whispering sweet nothings into your ear, PillowTalk join the Life And Death family with their modern dance soul hybrid, "The Come Back EP". Despite the name, it's actually a debut EP -- and one that quickly establishes PillowTalk's unique sound as an important voice in the new generation of contemporary dance music. Already getting serious play (and props) from a wide range of DJs, from the deep & soulful Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap crews all the way to the banging bass centric Justin Martin, "The Come Back" finds Life and Death once again crossing the conventional genre descriptions with a true dancefloor bomb that everyone can get behind.. Imagine Motown and classic doo-wop blended with a modern dance sensibility and you may start to get an idea of the PillowTalk sound. But it's better to stop imagining and just have a listen because what these guys are doing is so genuinely unique, it's not an easy one to pigeonhole with words and genre titles alone. The EP includes "The Come Back", "Soft" and "Long Lost Friends" as well as a Life and Death remix of "Soft". Put together in the Life and Death laboratories it brings a darker, deeper take on this beautiful and already incredibly sentimental dancefloor serenade.


The common thread that links everyone in involved in Life and Death is something beyond just their specific talents. Yes, everyone involved is talented, as musicians, dj's, promoters, yadda, yadda, yadda. But what defines them is also something else. Each one in their own way, they are all true party instigators.. the fault of some crossed wires in the back of their brain perhaps, or maybe not enough sunlight as children, who can say. But they are definitely. Not. Normal. And that's totally a good thing.
Slow, deep, psychedelic house and trippy disco sounds. Dark and funky at the same time. Little pieces of post-rock attitude combined with soulful sexy dance tracks. Black humour and noisy elegance. Life and Death is a record label and also a party concept.

Life and Death has a peculiar concept. The music in most cases hovers around a dark pop and house approach with a definite psychedelic sensibility.Soulful dance vibes with little pieces of a post-rock attitude. Not immediate dance floor bombs but melodic tunes built around the concept of incorporating influences of its Italian Cosmic Disco and UK/US New Wave and Indie heritage, but without the intention of "reviving" old sounds -- instead creating new ones. It's a concept that maybe seems less peculiar after exploring the eclectic musical backgrounds of its founders Manfredi Romano (aka DJ Tennis) a longtime soundtrack producer and Greg Oreck, one half of New York house duo Thugfucker. And after just two releases it's a sound that's quickly finding its way into the bacchanalian fray of some of the best parties worldwide.