By monicam | May 6th, 2012
There is some serious 80s funk genius happening in “Contact High.” I remember hearing it for the first time and being slightly cranky about having to completely reassess my previous views on Architecture in Helsinki.
The Australian group have been around for ages, I remember noticing them briefly in the early 2000s but they disappeared off my radar until releasing Places Like This in 2008. I found some of the singles from Places Like This irritating enough to switch radio stations when the songs came on, so it was a bit of a surprise to realise how much I liked “Contact High,” their first single from latest album Moment Bends.
“Contact High” definitely owes a lot to Prince’s influence, starting out dirty and funky with lead singer Cameron Bird’s vocals hitting all the right falsetto notes. The song evolves into a more modern interpretation of an 80s groove, full of melodic synthesizer kicking into an enjoyably cheesy key change.
Aussies are doing a lot for 80s revival, with Architecture Helsinki leading the charge alongside international darlings Cut Copy. I can’t say I was a huge fan of all the tracks off Moment Bends; it’s got a few highlights like “Escapee” and “Yr Go To”, but is a bit too patchy for me to completely discard my preconceptions about the band.
Having said that, “Contact High” is just too darn funky a track for me to ignore. I’m always a sucker for a key change.