Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Azari & III – Manic

And now it’s Katherine’s turn…


Mallory O’Donnell: With two well-loved roots-house singles a relatively long way behind them Azari & III had nowhere to go but out. “Manic” expands on their dancefloor ambitions by roping in electro, synth-funk and an almost imposing degree of tension. Visibly twitching, tight-coiled beats intersect with subtly-modified freaknik vocals, articulating an atmosphere better suited to bugging out than dancing. But hey, it’s our manic world. These guys just write tunes for it.

Michaela Drapes: Bless these kids for remembering that “In the beginning there was Jack“. Plenty have tried to bring back classic house with varying degrees of success in recent years (I’m looking at you Hercules & Love Affair), and while this doesn’t quite give me the full-on eyeballs-slammed-to-the-back-of-my-skull rushy high that Azari and III’s “Hungry for the Power” does, I literally want to do nothing but dance. Let there be house.

Jonathan Bogart: If all retro-minded techno technicians updated the early 90s as well as this, we wouldn’t need all these dubstep breakdowns everywhere.

Brad Shoup: The humming grates after a point; I start thinking I’ve got something from Play on another tab. Still, it’s nice to have a club-themed song that doesn’t treat the dancefloor as a sexual cold war. That’s not to say Azari & III don’t deal in intelligence briefs. Via airtight production and an overcaffeinated bassline, the band embarks on a fault-finding mission, deconstructing two dancers (a couple? potential partners?) before turning back to the bar in resignation. The band’s own manic tendencies are restricted to that fantastic bass. Effortlessly cool throwback house.

Anthony Easton: Manic sounds like magic, sounds like instamatic, sounds like idiomatic.

Katherine St Asaph: Where did these jackasses learn about psychiatry? Wikipedia? Slasher films? 4chan? By my count, they’ve diagnosed this woman with about four completely separate things, and I still haven’t fully managed to pry the words from their decaying vocal lines. Either it’s truly remarkable comorbidity or just their idea of amorphous crazy, as interchangeable to them as sequencers and soul.

Alfred Soto: The hummed hook and 808 bassline is the key: fun-natural-fun is their goal. The rhymes are stoopid, not stupid. Alas, the vocals are blank not frank.

5 Responses to “Azari & III – Manic”

  1. This <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< "Hungry for the Power." And I agree with Katherine. Didn't find the time to blurb, but the vocals/lyrics here are just annoying.

  2. Insofar as Funkadelic >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all our asses, yes. These guys are like DSM-IV Sparknotes.

  3. This song has words?

  4. Oh yes. And they are deliciously catty.

  5. If I had had internet access last night I would’ve vehemently agreed with Katherine in blurb form.