Justin Pearson (The Locust, Dead Cross, Deaf Club) and Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera) formed Planet B with the shared purpose of creating music subversive in sound and sobering in message. Their music lays somewhere just out of reach of genre, with aesthetics rooted in hip hop, hardcore punk, turntablism, and 70s-80s horror movie scores. It is catchy, heavily percussive, and eerie all at once, much like the creative output of dark dance duo ADULT., a pair that seek to harness “the perverse aspects of the late ’70s analog dystopian post-modernism.”
These artists’ bodies of work mirror one another in form and function, and “Release Me” encapsulates the ethos of both, allowing the duos’ similar mindsets to collide. Nicola Kuperus’s hypnotic vocals add an occult aura, mysteriously alluring and supernatural, in contrast to Pearson’s more aggressive style. Henshaw and Adam Lee Miller’s sampling, sequencing and synthesizing entangle and diverge seamlessly, providing a dance-driven soundtrack fit for an apocalypse. The track ebbs and flows, pulls and pushes, begs to be released and yet remains throbbing in your head long after it ends.
ADULT. & Planet B
1. Release Me
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