by Richard Hart
Some tracks you listen to for the first time and they just float on past. Others catch your attention and you find yourself rapt by them. Some of them shock a room into silence.
“Earthly Girls” by the gloriously named Intergalactic Republic of Kongo is one of the latter type. It’s both unashamedly retro but also modern with its shock tactics and raw sound.
The video only adds to the surreal, unhinged feel of the song with its seemingly random clutch of images, intercut with images of women posing suggestively and the singer, decked out as some sort of sheikh yells at the camera.
The tone of the song only lets up near the end as it sighs into a slow, breathy outro. The rest of it is a sort of electro-punk with a brash, caustic vocal track which just hammers away like some sort of chant at a particularly strange football game.
The music itself is rough edged and somewhat retro. Big, rough-hewn keyboard beats slam down with a bit of a squelch like a water balloon, the whole track lands with a splash.
In terms of the vocal style, it very vaguely sounds like “Underworld”’ and their more aggressive songs. In terms of the actual music, it’s not an easy photofit to create and they don’t really sound that much like anyone that springs immediately to mind.
In that way, IROK have already caused the splash they may have been aiming for.