The LA duo share their Kickback LA Lifestyle, in Slo-Mo
Where they’re from: Los Angeles (via San Francisco and Denmark), USA
Genre: Daytime Disco
When they started: 2011
Most like: Cut Copy, Onra
Sounds like: A day off with your best friends who, duh, have a pool.
Best lyric: Stop/Don’t think too fast/Slow down/Let this feeling last.
It has been the weirdest summer in memory in New York City. One day, it’s cold and windy sweater weather, the next it’s baking hot, that is, when it’s not hailing. So thank you Poolside for crafting a one-size-fits-all summer anthem. Deconstructing hot disco into the slowest-tempo dance song maybe ever, “Slow Down” is both for cold days when you want to think of summer, and hot days when you need to cool it.
Jeffery Paradise, a promoter and DJ from San Francisco, and Filip Nikolic, a former member of Danish band Super Junior and producer whose credits include Bonde do Role’s latest album, got together to make music for fun. And it shows. Poolside aren’t the only ones making music for daytime pool parties lately, but “Slow Down,” is the young genre’s instant classic. Crawling along with lazy hand claps and Filip’s cool falsetto, the single is the soundtrack for an activity halfway between dancing and napping outdoors — aka the best thing ever. The young LA duo’s debut album Pacific Standard Time takes the conceit of neo-disco and turns it on its head (and onto a deck chair). Poolside in long-form is an endless party track you can lie down to, or barbecue to, or whatever.
Conceived in part while hanging out on their studio’s rooftop pool (is LA for real?) relaxation and positive vibes are key ingredients. Also, the producing acumen to keep it taut and energetic and not dissolve into a melting mess of reverb.
It you haven’t downloaded “Slow Down” already, you’re suffering needlessly. Get it for free on their Soundcloud, and let your poolside summer finally begin.
Poolside kick off a six-week tour through North America on Thursday. Check their website for dates.
“Slow Down” by Poolside: