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Electrocute

On the Beat

(Kobalt; US: 15 Apr 2008; UK: Unavailable)

This electro-pop duo has a lot of Toni Basil-ish fun with this EP. The opening title track is a summery, sugary, bubble gum pop nugget that seems to get the six-pack collection off on the right foot. Meanwhile the groovy “Uh-Oh” sounds like it came from a classic Duran Duran album with its bass line steering the pop nugget along perfectly. The electro-pop theme continues with “Tiger Toy” that has the singer oozing with confidence as blips and bleeps run through the song. Think of a new Madonna track that she could cover quickly and you should get the picture behind this tune. But nowhere is the Basil-like sound more evident than the punchy, bubbly “Saturn Rings”.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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