Top-notch song writing and dance music don’t always go hand and hand. But then, I don’t have to tell you that – unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll no doubt have heard some of the abominations that have graced the music charts. Saturday Night Gym Club’s latest EP, How To Build A Life Raft manages to pull it off spectacularly, featuring euphoric tunes that deserve to sit alongside the likes of Crystal Castles and M83. I’d even go so far to say that there’s a sprinkling of early noughties Daft Punk thrown in to the mix, which is especially noticeable in tracks like “A Green Light”.
The EP kicks off with the fantastically ethereal “I Know”, featuring Ellie Walker, which very much sets the tone for this release. Its floating vocals and synths, offset by the delicious rush of the snare drum and bass so low your speakers will be trembling with intensity, really gets you in the mood for what this progressive outfit have in store. EP title track, How To Build A Life Raft showcases the four piece and their love affair with sound, creating a catchy electro-pop song that’s packed full of hooks, atmosphere and emotion. “The Ballroom Scene” and “This One” (featuring Chagall) both serve to wind the EP down, vocals taking the spotlight on top of some masterful sampling work, until the instrumental closing track, “Lituya Bay” gently completes the listener’s journey.
Taken as a whole, How To Build A Life Raft is extraordinarily crafted, with six tracks positioned in a way that creates a true experience for the listener, from high energy back down to wistful introspection. An impressive debut that has left me hungry for the album they’ve planned for the end of the year.
Saturday Night Gym Club‘s debut EP How To Build A Life Raft is available on iTunes for £3.49