11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you’re at all familiar with the ramshackle blues-punk of the late-‘90s act Dura-Delinquent, it’s hard to believe that the band’s two main players, Philipp Minnig and Nicolas Dobbratz are the backbone behind Sugar & Gold — both groups are great at what they do, but what they do is diametrically different. Crème grooves clean and hard on clubby dance-floor anthems rooted in late-'70s disco, old-school funk, libidinous R&B that would make Prince blush, and elated synth-pop. “Do It Well” is so schooled in old school funk, you could play the tune next to some video projections of classic break-dance/graffiti footage and nobody would be the wiser that this tune was cut in 2007. “Workout” is a straight-up party jam built specifically for sweating it out like Studio 54 never closed down, while “Neighborhood” radiates sunny, synth-y, pop melodies that invoke images of SoHo, N.Y.C. back when Keith Haring graffiti dotted the streets and everyone wore day-glo accessories.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you’re at all familiar with the ramshackle blues-punk of the late-‘90s act Dura-Delinquent, it’s hard to believe that the band’s two main players, Philipp Minnig and Nicolas Dobbratz are the backbone behind Sugar & Gold — both groups are great at what they do, but what they do is diametrically different. Crème grooves clean and hard on clubby dance-floor anthems rooted in late-'70s disco, old-school funk, libidinous R&B that would make Prince blush, and elated synth-pop. “Do It Well” is so schooled in old school funk, you could play the tune next to some video projections of classic break-dance/graffiti footage and nobody would be the wiser that this tune was cut in 2007. “Workout” is a straight-up party jam built specifically for sweating it out like Studio 54 never closed down, while “Neighborhood” radiates sunny, synth-y, pop melodies that invoke images of SoHo, N.Y.C. back when Keith Haring graffiti dotted the streets and everyone wore day-glo accessories.

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About Sugar & Gold

Sugar & Gold’s dancefloor-friendly approach that mashes together disco, early-'80s R&B, electro, synth pop, and funk is made for a sweaty night out at a club but also works just fine on record. The San Francisco-based group was formed by childhood friends Nicolas Dobbratz and Philipp Minnig, who after performing in the bands Dura-Delinquent and Connexion decided to work as a duo on a more poppy project. Adopting the names PAM (Minnig) and PAINLESS (Dobbratz), they began writing and recording in 2005, releasing their first 12”, "Work Out"/"Do It Well," in late 2006 for the Antenna Farm label. Along the way the duo added members to the band, which became a popular live attraction in its home town, eventually being named Best Local Dance Band in 2007 by SF Magazine and Best Party Band 2008 by SF Weekly. The group’s first LP, Creme, was released in summer of 2007, and along with PAM and PAINLESS featured a lineup of Fati Beloved (Fatima Fleming) on vocals, Robot (Robin MacMillan) on drums, and Jeromeo (Jerome Steegmans) on synth bass and production. Tours in the U.S., U.K., and Europe followed and a string of sold-out shows during 2009’s SXSW boosted Sugar & Gold’s profile. They quickly returned to the studio and recorded the AYA EP, which came out in October of 2009. After a six-week tour of the U.S. that included appearances at the Monolith Festival and CMJ, the band returned to the studio to work on another album. The resulting Get Wet! was their most accomplished work to date and was released by Antenna Farm in April of 2010. ~ Tim Sendra

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