Get Down, Big Black Delta.

Get Down, Big Black Delta.

It may take a while for Side Of The Road – the forthcoming single from Los Angelino space cadet Jonathan Bates – to click with you though once it does, you’re in for an electrifying ride. The sometime Mellowdrone vocalist is back masquerading as Big Black Delta, with his as yet untitled sophomore solo recording anticipated later on this year though it’s to be preceded by this one, which is itself due April 29th. Tapping into that steady, routinely pulsating pace to course throughout Autobahn, Side Of The Road is as though the irrepressible eccentricity of Everything Everything jacked into a haywire mainframe, and the result is every bit as sparky as that sounds. Heavy on driving synths and synthetic rhythmic palpitations, it grinds through the gritty arpeggios to have long ago become Soulwax’ stock in trade. These may yet gear Bates up for similar successes, though to go against the flow of much contemporary electropop, his lyrics are of as much, if not more intrigue than his music, as he appears to inform of the perils of erectile dysfunction. And it’s not an impression merely aroused by the thinly veiled innuendo intrinsic to the moniker of this particular project, for albeit smeared in almost impenetrable manipulation, he first contends that “just one is all I need” before reverting to a more explicit MO for its gloriously racy chorus. “Just can’t get it up” he concedes, though this is undoubtedly one to get down to – whether that be broken down on the hard shoulder, or on the floor of some depraved discothèque in Bates’ native L.A., or indeed wherever else your dissolute mind can think of. And rakishly sordid it is, too.

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