Releasing their new album Dominonation on 20th January via BPitch Control, Argy + Mama have struck an intriguing combination between Argy’s lo-fi techno sensibilities and Mama’s soulful, urban Grace Jones-esque vocals which culminate in a sultry blend of modern house and early UK rave vibes.
With several self-penned albums and support slots for Die Antwoord and Peaches under her belt, Mama was already established as a live solo act before collaborating on ‘Dominonation’ whilst the prolific Argy has secured his role as one of the most prominent artists in the latest house revival with his album ‘Fundamentals’ along with releasing music on esteemed dance labels such as Cadenza, Cocoon, Versatile and Permanent Vacation.
Exploring lyrical themes of love, human obsession and the soul with her expressive and confident delivery, Mama’s multi-faceted 90’s R’N’B chants flow with the nostalgic machine-made driven house produced by Argy. This is typified on lead single ‘Who Am I?’ – a potent example of the duo’s creative partnership, channelling classic soul singers through Mama’s honey-coated harmony yet will no doubt be an impressive hit with a varied range of audiences from fans of MJ Cole to Ibiza’s underground dance scene. ‘Dirty Stop Out’, ‘Niche’ and ‘Recluse’ illustrate the duo’s more complex and elaborate song-writing abilities, seamlessly merging contemporary underground genres with radio friendly hooks, yet fusing tinges of gothic grit and lo-fi production values into the mix.
Championed by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke (his remix of ‘Deep Found Vibe’ is set to be released on a remixes EP in February along with a Hot Since 82 rework amongst others) and touring with a live band in tow, Argy and Mama will look to take a new approach to the modern rave with their emotionally charged new album.
By Thomas Curtis-Horsfall