11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mexican duo CLUBZ made an underground splash in 2014 with a breakout EP that set stylish riffs against motorik rhythms. But their long-gestating debut album, Destellos, trades that occasionally raw indie-rock sound for throwback electro-pop. These songs are indebted to the big-budget grooves of the early ’80s, full of unctuous saxophone melodies, basslines set to boogie, and glittering synthesizer washes. The pair perfectly captures the moment when the prickly hooks of New Wave meet the opulence of post-disco R&B, whether with the choppy digital funk of “Áfrika” or the plush dance-floor glide of “Réplica."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mexican duo CLUBZ made an underground splash in 2014 with a breakout EP that set stylish riffs against motorik rhythms. But their long-gestating debut album, Destellos, trades that occasionally raw indie-rock sound for throwback electro-pop. These songs are indebted to the big-budget grooves of the early ’80s, full of unctuous saxophone melodies, basslines set to boogie, and glittering synthesizer washes. The pair perfectly captures the moment when the prickly hooks of New Wave meet the opulence of post-disco R&B, whether with the choppy digital funk of “Áfrika” or the plush dance-floor glide of “Réplica."

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