MADMADMAD have returned with a double A-sided single: ‘Do You’ b/w ‘Shambles’ which are heralds for a packed Spring and Summer on tour. I feel Benji, Kevin and Matt have been holidaying in another dimension whilst recharging their 80s BOSS drum machine and field recording otherworldly noises in order to pack their tracks with synapse-tickling sounds.
‘Do You’ is the kind of music your that’s playing in the deep-sleep-nightclub of your subconscious, only half-remembered when you wake up. This is catchy, metronomic, quirky, android funk and it’s hard to keep still when it’s playing.
‘Shambles’ ups the BPMs and recalls Prince at his stripped-back best on tracks like ‘Sign of the Times’ or ‘Bob George’, or maybe more like The Residents if they had recorded at Paisley Park.
MADMADMAD are popping candy and jelly, or squelchy fireworks, but I imagine they have no trouble getting humans and inter-dimensional beings alike up on the dance floor to strut their strange but beautiful stuff.
Apr 4th | Guildford, UK – Boileroom
Apr 6th | Norwich, UK – Voodoo Daddy’s Showroom
Apr 7th | Margate, UK – Whereelse
Apr 12th | London, UK – Moth Club (‘Do You’ release show)
Apr 13th | Portsmouth, UK – The Loft (Neu Waves)
Apr 14th | Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
Apr 15th | Southampton, UK – Heartbreakers
May 4th | Antwerpen, BE – De Muze
May 5th | Heerlen, NL – Nieuwe Nor
May 6th | Groningen, NL – Simplon
May 27th | London, UK – Wide Awake Festival
May 28th | Angers, FR – Levitation Festival
June 3rd | Eupen, BE – Eupen Music Marathon
June 11th | Oxfordshire, UK – Kite Festival
June 24th | Mayenne, FR – Un Singe en Ete Festival
June 28th | Lärz, DE – Fusion Festival
June 30th | Irissary, FR – EHZ Festibala
July 20th | Manchester, UK – Ramona
July 21st | Cheshire, UK – Blue Dot Festival
July 30th | London, UK – WOMAD Festival
Aug 18th | Coura, PT – Parades de Coura Festival
Aug 31st | Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sept 1st | Antwerp, BE – Booty Rave Festival
Sept 2nd | Manchester, UK – Manchester Psych Fest
Review by Paul F Cook