What with all of the locals over there warning me about them, I spent large amounts of time lying in the gutters of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney outside bars and hostelries, looking up into the trees to try and spot the little critters before they savaged me.
Imagine then, the horrific flashbacks that were triggered when I spotted an email nestling in my inbox, purporting to be from one of them.
Fortunately, rather than a killer beastie that look like the bastard offspring of a Tasmanian Devil and Paul Hogan, it contained the lastest slice of sonic loveliness from Rackabeat and Bar-Low, which is far preferable.
The A-side - does such a thing exist with a digital releases? – Drop Bear, is a early set funky electronic shuffler, filled with squelchy synth bass and an thoroughly infectious earworm of a mutated hammond loop holding it all together.
The flip Lovers Rock, does exactly what you’d expect from the title - some Wayne Wonder influenced Casio Tone Bank horns, well deployed Tubby-esque Dub one shots and accomplished, if slightly syrupy, lyrics from Backbeat Soundsystem. Skanktacular summery sounds abound, and I can see this one turning into a BBQ favourite.
Ready to roll now from the boys Bandcamp, fer gratis. Fill your boots.