I could tell you some Icarus jokes, but they’d all just crash and burn
“I could tell you some Icarus jokes, but they’d all just crash and burn” is an old joke, I know. But when the label says of Icarus, their new signing “…when you’re making music this sun-kissed, the gags practically write themselves” what are you supposed to do?
Icarus (Bristol-based brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths) are on FFFR and Cassia is an introduction to their sound. It’s old style house, with piano loveliness, a sunny disposition and a modern warm bass. Perfect for today’s London sunniness.
“Cassia” is delightful introduction to the largely unheralded talent of Icarus – and when you’re making music this sun-kissed, the gags practically write themselves. Carefree scattering of instrumentation and a refreshingly tropical vibe are reminiscent of Axel Boman’s balmiest moments, only propelled by a much more naked dancefloor drive. When the seesawing piano lead collides with the backing claps around the halfway mark, the result is borderline dazzling.
As a neat bonus, this one arrives via a resurged FFRR: a behemoth of a label with too many highlights in their catalogue to mention (although especial mention goes to somehow releasing both Orbital and The Watts Prophets in the same calendar year). A testament to their keen ear for fresh talent, and commitment to diversity, even after all these years.