The pairing of electro-popsters Massive Ego with Ireland's finest purveyors of new wave synth Empire State Human, bears fruit with the release of their debut EP collaboration. Following on from their up-tempo pop single release Sound Of The Download last year with a club remix package released stateside early this year, the new EP features title track Low Life, a dark and grandiose drama tinged pop ballad featuring guest vocals from Maggie K Demonde singer with 80's pop band Scarlet Fantastic who's track No Memory was a big top 20 chart hit back when pop ruled the airwaves.
The lead track comes with three credible mixes. On remix duties People Theatre (aka Peter Rainman / Adan & Ilse) deliver a big pop club dance floor friendly make-over, whilst Croatian artist Zarkoff goes down a minimal synth route true to his own releases with his band Florence Foster Fan Club and newer incarnation Sumerian Feat. Keyboard maestro Logan Sky, who fresh from writing, recording and touring with the latest line-up of 80's synth pioneers Visage, brings an experimental edge to the remix table.
There's two new tracks included on the EP, Animal Rights Human Wrongs a modern take on the 'animal rights song' genre which pulls no punches in its naming and shaming of fur wearing celebs and the fashion industry. Reigning In The Machines meanwhile questions our reliance on all things mechanical. Plastic Toy From China is lead singer Marc Massive's first foray into sampling sounds over a weekend period and resulting in a short experimental musical interlude again with animal rights as it's theme. Rounding up the EP is a previously un-released original longer version of Sound Of The Download.
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Watch the video for Sound Of The Download here:
released October 20, 2014
Produced by Empire State Human > Massive Ego
Music by Empire State Human
Lyrics by Marc Massive
7 > Music by Marc Massive
6 > Lyrics by Marc Massive > Zaran Naylor
Low Life guest vocals > Maggie K DeMonde
Vocal production 1,2,3,4,8 > Barry Stone
Vocal production 5 > Marcus Reeves
Vocal production 6 > Nik Crittenden
Mastering 1,7,8 > Pete Maher
Sleeve image > Plane Clothing
Design > Vile Child