Something about the cover of Radiochurch’s ‘The Love EP’ caught me this morning. I was thumbing through my stack of albums to review and honestly was about to give up on finding something I was in the mood for. Although I’ll still be going to work like normal through this “stay in place” order, just knowing that today is the first day where we have this order in place has made my anxiety shoot through the roof. It’s not that I have anywhere to go but I’ve never wanted to go somewhere so badly. The bright red and white image of a boombox with the speakers being shaped as hearts was inviting. Maybe this five song EP was exactly what I needed to get out of my head.
The EP kicks off with “Central Ave”- a funky little number that made it clear this was exactly what I needed to be listening to right now. Ellis Cleve’s vocals came in smooth and almost sultry in a way while the rest of the band followed suit with an almost calming yet very upbeat sound. I’ve called beats infectious a million times before but I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard one so infectious. Within the first minute I was grooving along in my desk chair like nobody was watching (because nobody was watching since we are all basically locked in our houses). There’s clear odes to the disco, soul, and funk scenes of years gone by but don’t let that fool you into thinking this group comes off as dated or overdone. Everything about this first track was original and modern making me exciting for the next four songs to come and already dreading the end of this EP.
“Central Ave” fades out and makes room for “The Line” which keeps the funk going but adds a very sexy and calming aspect to the EP making me consider this group more of a soul band rather than a funk group. With the faint sound of a horn in the background, Ellis’ voice comes back in with that same smooth as wine sound as presented in “Central Ave”. This song comes off as a “cool guy” song. It’s the type of track that you put on when your boyfriend or girlfriend comes over and you are just laying on the couch chatting over a glass of wine. To call it calming and comforting would be an understatement. It’s a feel good song without trying to be and that’s a hard line to straddle but Radiochurch does it perfectly.
“2+2” turned into my favorite song on this EP with the first listen. It somehow took the sexiness of “The Line” but added in the infectious funk of “Central Ave” while having a very Childish Gambino swagger to it. Again, I found myself dancing around in my chair like a fool while my cats watched me like I was losing my mind but that was the power of this song and this band and who are the cats to judge?! I got lost in “2+2” and, before I knew it, the EP moved on to “St. Pauli”. It became clear to me while getting lost in “St. Pauli” that it’s not fair to classify this band into the genre of funk, soul, or anything else. The only genre that really fits is “swagger” and I know that’s not really even a genre but that’s the only way to describe this group. Influences clearly come from all over for this group and that is heard loud and clear in “St. Pauli”.
Closing out this quick 5 song EP is “Healthy” which just proves my point about classifying this group in the “swagger” genre. I hate calling music “filthy” but honestly that was the first word that came to my mind. The track is beyond sexy with words that match that sentiment. It’s one thing to just write a song with sexy lyrics but to be able to write lines of notes that match that vibe is not so easy yet somehow Radiochurch nails it and then some.
All in all, I wish this EP was a full album because by the time “Healthy” ended, I was not ready to move onto something else and found myself repeating these five infectious tracks multiple times before moving on with my day. Although this release is sexy, it’s also funky and fun which makes it an easy listen for a Saturday morning when you’re stuck in quarantine. If you’re feeling the funk of the mess this world in currently struggling with, I suggest you check out Radiochurch and get lost in their funk instead.
My Favorite Track(s): “2+2″; “Healthy”
Chances Of Getting A Noise Complaint While Listening To In An Apartment: 5.1 out of 10
For Fans Of: Funky beats; filthy beats; innovation
Dance-ability: 9.6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch watching me like I was an idiot; Autumn chased the Roomba around the living room
My Overall Rating: 4.1 out of 5
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