BEST NEW MUSIC: PEKING DUK - WASTED

2/6/18

Those Peking Duk boys sound like they're dipping into some smooth, funky, nu-disco sounds the like of which we haven't been heard around these here parts in far too many years. Long after The Knocks last had a single worth writing about and Bag Raiders became 2017's biggest meme, the much maligned genre gets a much needed face-lift from Australia's biggest pop dance songwriters this side of a new Lorde/Flume collaboration (of course).

This all makes a bit of sense if you add up all the moving pieces here. Consider for a moment how Peking Duk initially came to us back in 2012 with a Passion Pit remix, who were one of nu-disco’s greatest weapons in its heyday of the early aughts. It all makes sense! Seriously though, all joking aside, check out the The Knocks Remix of “Sleepyhead.” It’s world-shatteringly excellent.

BUT SO IS “WASTED,” THIS BRAND NEW PEKING DUK TRACK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW.

It’s rock your socks off, don’t know how to block a stalking hawk off, kind of shock. Peking Duk are here to save the day, bring some life into a more-or-less dead genre.

 

PEKING DUK - WASTED

These guys ain’t your mama’s nu-disco DJs (and yes your mama DOES listen to nu-disco). Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles genre hop faster than a former Disney startlet looking for their big-break in movies. The answer is play a serial killer or cult leader 9 times out of 10.

But with Peking Duk the answer seems to be to just keep making hits. Catchy hit after catchy hit after catchy hit. Sounds like a baseball game to me. If that’s the case than consider “Wasted” a Grand Slam. Bases loaded and Peking Duk just hit this one out of the goddamn park. The crowd goes wild. AHHHH!!!

“Wasted” is an infectious little tune that’s a complete departure from the duo’s electro-pop or melodic future-trap sounds of yesteryear, but it’s awesome and bringing some light to one of the best genres to ever hit dance music. What will they do next? WHO KNOWS! I guess that’s part of what makes this all so exciting, isn’t it?

From deep within the murky depths of the Los Angeles River emerged a creature: 50% raver, 50% comedian, 10% Robotcop. Kurt Kroeber doesn’t own a dog, operates Soundbleed (the world’s only dance party comedy talk show rave), and is down to party with you. Come up some time and say “Hey dude!” But definitely make sure to casually drop the secret Illuminati password.