Label: Family Edition Release date: 06/10/10 Link: MySpace Buy: Amazon Dance and pop go together like birds of a feather, with both happy to bop along in a shared sense of immediate response, content to receive recognition in the form of foot tapping, head nodding and hip swaying. It is a wonderful sound to behold when the two fuse, often incorporating elements of fringe genres to glue everything together, evident in the likes of Talking Heads and The Rapure. Tanlines are a Brooklyn duo who have wandered down the same path, producing the jittery dance jerk titled Volume On , appearing as more of a demand than a simple statement. The collection of incessantly percussive songs here are a mixture of new and old, remixed and original, but combine rather effortlessly into one mighty assortment of afro-pop punch. The tribal roar and refrain of 'Bees' smoothly sachet into the sway and swagger of the barely titled 'Z', a common occurrence throughout the record, with pounding beats swiftly devolving into unwinding waves of effervescent twinkling, often in the blink of a glittery eye, even when clattering drums and chillwave synths contradict one-another from track to track. Some of the strongest sounds come when some form of collaboration is on the cards, with an impeccably selected guest spot from Mr Luke Jenner, that allows the dance-punk dignitary to slide in amongst the ranks of Tanlines, with such ease and sophistication, it's easy to wish for this twosome to become a threesome. Memory Tapes arrive late to throw up their skittery, shaky electronic ideals on a remix of 'Real Life', taking the 21st century original and flinging it back to the keytar splendour of the 80s. A few of the final remixes, though, overstay their welcome, particularly the Carpracara mix of 'Bees', which would perhaps be more at home in a neon-glow warehouse full of whistles and fluorescence. Tanlines have something that holds sway over a large population of the young hip and happening music fans currently spread throughout the globe. Such a dangerous and desired power is in the ability to blend together a dance disposition and an indie ethos until something resembling African dance pop, well, pops into existence. An unwelcome surge of recent bands have attempted to utilise this effect, with Tanlines taking the idea and, thankfully, running away to somewhere altogether more dance-floor driven, using kicks of percussion and an uninhibited electronic ideology to violently shake any whiffs of staleness away. A big old warning though, if you couldn't stand the dance punk movement and would rather poke an African drumstick in your eye than listen to Vampire Weekend, you simply won't fall for the charms of the two producers behind the scenes here. If, on the other hand, you're happy to get swept away in the drumbeat of the genre hot-pot that bleeds from the pores of this record, then Volume On is the perfect remedy for those winter blues, sending your feet on a direct trajectory to the nearest hipster-iffic dance-floor. Photobucket