The Emerald Isle is Dancing Dirty
Name: Not Squares (Michael Kinloch, Keith Winter, and Ricki O’Rawe)
Where They’re From: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genre: Gritty Frenchy synthy disco
Most Similar: The Rapture, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem
When They Started: 2008
Sounds Like: Dance music that outwits you
Actual music skills are hard to come by in electro these days, and yet, while it’s easy to ruminate over Not Squares’ live instruments, appreciation of analogue, weird lo-fi filters, and unpredictable composition, it’s easier just to dance your face off.
Hailing from Belfast, Ireland, the trio showed off a raw antique-keyboard-to-the-face, go-hard dance debut album in 2010 called Yeah OK that held a few torches to LCD and The Rapture. After touring the globe, opening for Two Door Cinema Club and riding accolades from national and global outlets, they released two new singles with decidedly French, dark 80s flavors, with “Fall Far” going stripped down Daft Punk vocoder-style (aaand cowbell), while “Hey You” is pure disco-tastic goodness.
Here’s to their second album, in the works as we speak. In the meantime, hear their new single “Hey You.”
And for more vintage flavors, hear their entire debut album Yeah OK [via Nialler].