Fuck Buttons- Slow Focus

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The British are fucking brilliant.

Having said that, let me introduce you to the electronic/trance duo known as Fuck Buttons. Their third album, Slow Focus, debuted on July 22nd, 2013, and to put it blatantly, it’s pretty dank. It’s the kind of album to blast in your car on a really long road trip through the desert that includes numerous stops to piss on the side of the road and a random gas station here and there you have to stop at to tank up (and grab a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos).

Before we really get into this, Fuck Buttons is instrumental. This is because when Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power got together to create Fuck Buttons, Hung was like, “SHIT Ben, I like Aphex Twin.” Power than was like, “well dude, Andy, fucking Mogwai is also pretty sweet.” They both decided obviously, that these artists would shape their noise. Even cooler? Years later, John Cummings from Mogwai actually went on to produce on of their albums. To that I say, well done, boys, well done.

Slow Focus is fucking insane. It’s trance, its power, it’s just plain out there. Since Fuck Buttons started creating music, they are known for their use of children’s toys and Casio keys during their set, and these little quirks are ever present throughout the album. The first song on Slow Focus, Brainfreeze, hits you with electronic drums that progresses to add loud synth (its new-age glam at its finest). You then flip over to a song like Sentients that has tribal sounds paired with what highly-pitched mechanical noises. While each song is unique to the ear, every song has a very robotic sound (transformers-esque, if you will. I dare you to hate me for the reference).

While the likes of Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and even the master Brian Eno have all brought electronic music to the forefront, Fuck Buttons is a bit darker, a bit dirtier, and more machine than beauty. If you’re looking for something new, start here with Slow Focus.

OVERALL RATING: Pretty Dope.

SONGS TO LOOK OUT FOR: Brainfreeze, The Red Wing, Stalker, Hidden Xs.

TOUR DETAILS: http://www.songkick.com/artists/580940-fuck-buttons

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