Summer time is, typically, a time for parties, getting together with friends, getting away, and in the case of Irish folk, getting plenty of exercise running away from the roving rainclouds that seem to follow us everywhere like that crow from the Looney Tunes.
It’s also a time for the kind of floor-filling dance numbers that clubbers from Athlone to Aiya Napa will bop to in their crazed droves until college starts up again, and Irish electro group Riot Akkt’s contribution – aptly titled Sun Coming Up – is likely to have sweaty twenty-somethings throwing shapes with reckless abandon in clubs all around the country, if not the globe.
We’re in Calvin Harris territory from the get-go, a poppy, straight dance beats with some feelgood chords carried along like beach waves, and powered by Ciara Walker’s enlightening, minimally-processed vocals. But where Harris’ ouevre quickly grates, à la the slammingly dumb repetition of his collaboration with Rhianna, Walker and Riot Akkt make a good fist of their intentions and provide something that’s a little more heartfelt than the average dance cut.
The production is, as you would imagine, digitally perfect, and while it doesn’t quite skirt the repetitiveness that mars this genre, it coasts by on its component parts quite admirably compared to some of its more famous contemporaries.
If you’re a dance fan, a pop enthusiast, or just a fair-weather beat-lover, you could do worse than let Sun Coming Up into your summer playlist.
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