Whether driven by their influences or written from pure discovery (most likely a merger of the two) CASXIO sounds like a band that stepped out of the seventies and transported their sound into the present. The glowing neon keys and funky back beats on their Seventeen EP are simply seductive. Hearing this music makes you just want to shake your ass and throw up those ones (you know, that index finger gun you flash and wave when the funks got hold of you). It’s actually a tease, as we only get two newbies here; “Seventeen” and “Boiling Point”. The other three tracks are remixes of the title track.
“Seventeen” is a song that would fit beautifully into an uplifting scene from a disco documentary, or Pete Tong’s record bag during sunset at Café Del Mar in Ibiza. Floating vocals, a pounding 4/4 kick, the crash of cymbals and the short, driving guitar rifts make this track the perfect choice for soundtrack work. It’s vintage without sounding dated. “Boiling Point” kicks things off on a somber piano tip, making you think for a second that an electro ballad maybe coming. The mood is mellower here, but the chorus reels the funk back in. This is solid head-bobbin’ music, the kind that triggers your swagger a little bit.
The Glass drops serious funky, deep tech house knowledge with their mix. The wah wah of the acid bassline makes it bang nicely. It’s perfect for that 5am get-em-back-up-and-moving set on the decks. Golden vs. Public bump 80’s flash and synths with their interpretation. They even toss in the classic electronic triangle stab (think “Ring My Bell”) for good measure. Skrillex AKA Sonny Moore pitch the BPMs up a bit for their remix. Again we get a taste of classic 80’s club culture: Thumping pads and synths arranged for the big city dancefloor, claps, quick loops, catchy chorus and all. This is party music for the unpretentious.