Words by Matthew Doyle. @mmmmdoyle
For as long as I can remember, travelling through time is a power that I've always wished I could have, and now, if I could add any feature to that power, it would be that it could be activated by music, particularly Darwin Deez’s latest single ‘Time Machine’. Deez has this amazingly affable talent to bash up songs that anyone and everyone would want to dance to. This latest single is a perfect example, mixing a simple catchy guitar riff, reminiscent of ‘Radar Detector’ and ‘Up In the Clouds’ from his eponymous first album, with a drumbeat that sounds like it’s been pushed out of a fresh new sampler, or even one brought back from the early Nineties.
As cheery as it sounds, Deez’s single laments a friendship that has turned sour and he serenades an apology to his semi-lost pal, hoping to “skip to when, we’re friends again”. The track builds around the chorus, the bass-controlled verses serving a prep for the time machine that lifts off to the end, with a chipmunky Darwin probably realising that he could just pick up the phone, and tell his friend sorry.
‘Time Machine’ brings Darwin back to his origins and signals an exciting forthcoming album release. If this single is what we can expect for the rest of ‘Double Down’, then fire up the Delorean, punch in September 18 and go get me a copy.
'Time Machine' is out now on Lucky Number
Darwin Deez plays the following UK dates in the autumn.
12 October –Thekla, Bristol
13 October – Sound Control, Manchester
15 October – Limelight 2, Belfast
17 October – Leadmill, Sheffield
18 October – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
19 October – The Duchess, York
20 October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
21 October – The Rainbow, Birmingham
22 October – Concorde 2, Brighton
23 October – Scholar, Leicester
25 October – Bodega, Nottingham
26 October – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
27 October – Islington Assembly Hall, London