From Glasgow, Scotland, Uk comes the unique brand of electro/house/funk sound, courtesy of the very talented musical duo known as The AfterAffects. Bringing us a great musical gift in the form of an EP titled RushHour EP, Alan Montgomery and Ricky Kyle pull out all the stops to show us the extent of their musical creativity. With layers upon layers of interesting sound clips, rhythmic beats, and a devious tone that runs throughout the EP, RushHour EP is more than ready to be the next album in your music collection.
Opening with their title track “Rush Hour,” The AfterAffects waste no time grabbing our attention with their signature style of catchy riffs and entertaining vocal clips. The song cleverly uses traffic sounds throughout in order to keep that rush hour feel, I would say most people dislike actual rush hour, so personally I could have done without those added levels of noise, but still, the song is well
worth the journey.
“She Takes Pictures (of herself)” is heavy on the electro '80s sound, from the early NIN drums to the French poetic lyrical overlay, to the synth sound I remember playing around with on my old Casio keyboard from twenty years back; this song is very aware of the genre and time period it is working within. Although not my favorite song on the album, it will find its place among many sentimental listeners.
The final song
I sunk my teeth into is titled “What You Do To Me,” and like the other tracks off of the RushHour EP, this song to swims in the neon '80s vibe. For many, this genre is fun, colorful, brave, and guaranteed to bring the party, and what The AfterAffects channel here are all those very things. This track deserves to be played in as many underground clubs as possible, and I have no doubt that it will be.
The album on a whole is well worth the time put in. I would have liked to have seen The AfterAffects venture a bit further outside their own comfort zone, because more often than not the Rush Hour EP lacks originality between songs. I am sure on a production and composition level, this album was a complicated undertaking, but if the talent weaved within is to be held back by anything, it would be the difficulty in telling every song apart.