11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Holy Fuck don’t ascribe to any theory about naming conventions, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt; they’ve been nominated for both a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Their third album, Latin, shows the instrumental group — trimmed down in size — on a clear path, one leading to innovative, airtight songs that are hugely danceable yet resist the “dance music” label.  Opener “1Md” is a slow-building tidal wave that moves from inaudible ambient sound to a vicious, static-filled crescendo, but it deftly segues into the irresistible funk of “Red Lights.” It’s a brilliant meeting of two sub-genres of electronic music, and much of Latin continues in this fusion vein: subtly majestic synths on “Latin America” feel descended from ‘70s prog rock while glistening with a new millennium energy, and “Silva & Grimes” owes a debt to Krautrockers like Neu!. “Sht Mtn” is a glorious welding of hard and soft bits into a deep, art-funk groove, and the tense post-punk of Chrome is evoked in the dark, stabbing synths of bonus track “Grease Fire.” Even if dancing isn’t exactly your thing, Latin will move you in surprising ways.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canada’s Holy Fuck don’t ascribe to any theory about naming conventions, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt; they’ve been nominated for both a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. Their third album, Latin, shows the instrumental group — trimmed down in size — on a clear path, one leading to innovative, airtight songs that are hugely danceable yet resist the “dance music” label.  Opener “1Md” is a slow-building tidal wave that moves from inaudible ambient sound to a vicious, static-filled crescendo, but it deftly segues into the irresistible funk of “Red Lights.” It’s a brilliant meeting of two sub-genres of electronic music, and much of Latin continues in this fusion vein: subtly majestic synths on “Latin America” feel descended from ‘70s prog rock while glistening with a new millennium energy, and “Silva & Grimes” owes a debt to Krautrockers like Neu!. “Sht Mtn” is a glorious welding of hard and soft bits into a deep, art-funk groove, and the tense post-punk of Chrome is evoked in the dark, stabbing synths of bonus track “Grease Fire.” Even if dancing isn’t exactly your thing, Latin will move you in surprising ways.

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