Formed in Jacksonville in 2006, Black Kids debut EP Wizard of Ahhhs was released last August to an excited fanfare and clambering record labels. With this they had set the hype-machine in full motion and as a result had a lot of expectations to live up to. Luckily for Black Kids their debut album does not disappoint.
Partie Traumatic is an uncompromisingly good pop record. Black Kids seems to have created an album jam packed with singles; from ‘Hurricane Jane’ and infectiously catchy ‘I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend to Dance’ to potential hits such as ‘Love Me Already’. Not to forget sex-obsessed ‘Listen to Your Body,’ in which vocalist Dawn Watley has a conversation with her body mid-song (voiced by frontman Reggie Youngblood), who wants to “feel somebody on me.”
From opening track ‘Hit the Heartbreaks’ with its bizarre knock-knock joke, Partie Traumatic flourishes into an unstoppable and unforgettable mix of Youngblood’s taste for wit, catchy guitar hooks, edgy drum beats and disco synths – producing 10 irresistible melodies.
So what is the presence of a mere six new songs suggest Black Kids aren’t exactly prolific? And whilst 80s revivalist indie is hardly anything new, with Brit-pop veteran Bernard Butler behind the wheel, these Floridians have still created an absolutely fantastic pop record.Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (Twelves Remix) - editors note - this is a very very good remix.