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NYPC – 'NYPC' album review

Distancing themselves from New Young Pony Club, the disco-pop group mature on their third record

The first shot of the video for ‘Hard Knocks’, the recent single by NYPC, pans over an ice cream dropped carelessly on the floor. It’s a disdainful nod to the band’s 2006 smash ‘Ice Cream’: the song that made them (as New Young Pony Club) the poster children for a new breed of pouty, sex-crazed disco-pop (and, incidentally, computing giant Intel - who nabbed the tune for a ‘trendy’ ad campaign).

With their long-in-the-coming third album, the remaining members of the newly rebranded NYPC are trying to put that past behind them. After the unrelenting shag anthems of their debut ‘Fantastic Playroom’ and the petulant, purposefully un-catchy attempt at proving they weren’t a one trick (ahem) pony that was second album ‘The Optimist’, ‘NYPC’ offers a fusion of the two. It's groove-driven and infectious, yet finds the project in a more mature and experimental mode.

‘Sure as the Sun’ is a standout, with a pulsing electro bassline and glitchy, skittering samples backing up a quirky vocal from front woman Tahita Bulmer, ditching her previous sexpot schtick. Even on saucy synth-pop jam ‘Overtime’, NYPC refuse to fall back into old habits – lyrics likening a failed love affair to ‘a present from the aunt you don’t like’ add a dose of weirdness to the slinky groove. There’s nothing here quite as stick-in-your-head as their sugar rush-inducing debut single, but with this album NYPC at least prove they can be seductive without being obvious. Buy this album here

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