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An Instant Classic or An Icon Before Its Time?

If catchy pop and underground club music got stuck in the teleporter from The Fly, the reconstituted result would sound something like Purple Crush. Having released a string of singles and EPs to generally positive reviews, the Brooklyn-borne/LA-based duo have at last given their fans a fully-realized album that is cohesive yet delivers on multiple levels. ICONOCLASSIC makes itself immediately heard with the album's opener, the genre-bending “Bling or Bang” which is equal parts hip-hop, techno and… tribal? There’s definitely a pagan drum-circle thing going on there. Nevertheless, one needn’t focus on trying to define the sound of one particular song because ICONOCLASSIC inevitably takes you to a totally different place by the next track. Such is the case with “Thirsty”, wherein lush synths (somewhat reminiscent of Madonna’s “Vogue”) serve as the backdrop for Jared Selter’s crunching guitar and Isla Jones’ hyper-sexualized vocals, both of which serve as the primary tether throughout all of the album’s stylistically varied tracks. That isn't to say Purple Crush aren't willing to share some of the spotlight with other vocalists and producers. Raja (winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race) and sought-after DJ/producer Josh Peace make their presence known on “Shock & Awe”, a B-52’s-inspired whirlwind of guitar and drumbeats that plays like a raucous scene from a John Waters’ film. Other notable entries include “iCarry”, a funky house cut featuring MCs Erik Avery and Cobra James; and ICONOCLASSIC’s most vulnerable moment, the ethereal “Kryptonite”, which sounds something like a modernized version of one of Berlin’s essential 80’s power ballads. But it’s on the album’s catchiest track, the slightly more minimal “Little Bitch”, that Purple Crush really deliver on their promise to move people from the bar to the dance floor. Featuring LA drag luminaries Rudeness and Miss Barbie Q as two gossiping girls on the corner, Isla Jones’ vocals are delivered in such a delightful way that you’re not sure if she’s being sexy or setting a terrible trap (it's likely both), but the underlaying breakbeats and digital flourishes let you know it’s all in good fun. There aren’t necessarily any missteps on ICONOCLASSIC, though some may find the track order a bit of a puzzler, as “Bitch Face” plays like the quintessential ending credits to an 80’s action film (and has some of the most hilarious lyrics ever) - yet appears as track ten of thirteen; the album instead ending with “Fierce Warrior” which, despite the title, sounds more like a relatively relaxing day by the pool in Miami. Thankfully, we live in an era of customizable playlists, so ICONOCLASSIC’s original song order is nothing that can’t easily be fixed. Contemporaries within this specific kind of music are few and far between - an adventurously eclectic range of styles, driven by beats but fueled by guitars, mining pop’s forgotten past but pushing the limits to the future, both straight and uber-gay influences - these types of bands down’t come around too often… maybe Lords of Acid? Probably best not to try to put Purple Crush into one specific category… all you really need to know is ICONOCLASSIC is dope as hell.

this is deep

Wow, can't wait hear it all. Sounds amazing.

Spray

yummy

Iconoclassic, Purple Crush
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: May 20, 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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