Since the rise of the likes of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem there has been a sort of revival of dance influenced synth pop, and Belfast’s Skibunny are riding this wave. Already the duo has amassed quite a few impressive support slots, having shared the stage with the likes of Holy Fuck and Bonde de Role. And have also earned the compliments of critics and peers such as Steve Lamaq and Rob Da Bank.
Skibunny were initially known moreso for their remix skills, having graced the stage as dj’s rather then a band. The close attention to production and mix that comes with being good dj’s has certainly transferred to their stab at original material, its hard to find a flaw in the sound throughout the albums 11 tracks. Hugs is a slice of electronic, euphoric pop; a musical sound for the digital age. By way of comparison, Skibunny certainly bear similarities musically to their southern counter parts Cowboy X and [the now defunct] Dry County, the sound of a band that has embraced electronics. Lyrically the album seems slightly underdeveloped, but lets be honest, this music isn’t about lyrics, it’s about the tunes and production and clearly the pair have put vast amounts of effort into the production side.
Having already gathered quite a following one would suspect Skibunny to make waves across Europe in the coming year, no doubt appearing on a few festival bills next summer. If Hot Chip and the Postal Service float your boat then Hugs should bring joy to your ears. Hardened dance nuts and tech heads should best avoid though, no four to the floor bangers here.