You get around fifteen seconds to settle into Quarks!’ ‘Lost In Spin’ before a whomping no-nonsense Patrick Cowley/Giorgio Moroder bassline bowls you over, and the song doesn’t let up – it’s the most Boney M an Auckland group’s gotten since North Shore Pony Club’s ‘Sex, Drugs & Drum Machines’, with that esperanto-disco vibe of having taken an ancient folk melody (or at least a good ‘Streets Of Cairo’/’There’s A Place In France Where The Naked Ladies Dance’ ersatz effort) and synthesized the fuck out of it, garnishing the track with as many micro-hooks and rhyming words as possible while staying out of the way of the bassline/beat. Quarks! is the solo project of Richard Pilkington, probably best known to Auckland audiences as half of distorted electro duo Vodafone Warriors – his plans for 2011 are to play more shows (both as Quarks! and with Vodafone Warriors), record an album, “work less” and collaborate on tracks with Andy Frost from Tiger Tones, Imogen Taylor, and Daif King from Golden Axe.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.