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    In this world, nothing is certain except taxes, death and Confidence Man. They are unstoppable, unquenchable, undeniable, and if you get in their way, you’re gonna get hurt. Not even a global pandemic could stop Janet, Sugar, Reggie and Clarence from producing an album so fierce, flirty and full of anthems that you might need to sit down before you hit play. Welcome to Tilt, Confidence Man’s second album released on Friday April 1st 2022 on Heavenly Recordings.

    Holiday, the first track to be lifted from the album and today premiered with an as you’d expect technicolour video, was an epiphany. All of a sudden it was there and somehow complete from the get go. Conceived in just a 6 hour session and born from a warped mashup of Underworld and MIA, it’s a child so wrong it’s simply perfect. If life gives you lemonade, drink it.

    Confidence Man’s debut, Confident Music For Confident People, was one of the joys of 2018, laced with savage lyrics and rapturous melodies; a north star of euphoria in an increasingly joyless world. Since then they’ve teased us with the occasional dance-floor snack, but with their follow up album Tilt they are finally serving us the main meal.

    “We’ve been trying for the most epic, hands up, euphoric anthem for a while and this is the first time we’ve come close… Turns out it’s pretty difficult, but nothing’s too hard for con man.” Sugar Bones circa 2021

    “No one tells Confidence Man what to do. Who said a Holiday can’t last forever? Spend big and live free, that’s our motto. And it can be yours too. A vacation is just sunburn at premium prices but a holiday is a state of mind.” Janet Planet circa 2021

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: As we see from Confidence Man's newest outing, they've not calmed down any and are still bringing the same level of unfettered optimism and inimitable party spirit. Swimming with influence from dance music over the ages but coming together like a seamless entity in it's own right this is a rightful follow up to one of the best LP's of '18.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Woman
    2. Feels Like A Different Thing
    3. What I Like
    4. Toy Boy
    5. Luvin U Is Easy
    6. Holiday
    7. Trumpet Song
    8. Angry Girl
    9. Push It Up
    10. Kiss N Tell
    11. Break It Bought It
    12. Relieve The Pressure

    Confidence Man, the most fun band since the B-52’s grew beehives, recently made a return with ‘First Class Bitch’, a track designed to make you feel like you’re on top of the world, at the top of your game, no matter where you might be in reality. “I’d been thinking about this for a while now... It all started in London, when I saw a pair of socks with the words ‘first class bitch’ embroidered on them, hanging in a shop front window,” explained singer / songwriter Janet Planet. “I suddenly realised, I too was a first class bitch. I rushed back to the penthouse and penned this hit. Ever wondered what you hear when you die? This is it.”

    Now the track gets a re-working courtesy of the muchloved duo Groove Armada. Themselves recent recipients of the Krystal Klear and Joe Goddard remix treatment, they turn ‘First Class Bitch’ into a spiralling anthem, keyboards creaking and wheezing to a satisfactory conclusion. Talking about the remix, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada said: “It’s been a real pleasure to remix this excellent track by Confidence Man for Heavenly Recordings. The groove was instantly something we wanted to explore, and to give it a Tom Tom Club kind of feel, I dusted off my old bass guitar to give it a more live feel, and to take it in a slightly different direction to the original. Hope you enjoy it!”

    Turn it up, ease back, ride that ego trip. Sure, by the end of it you’ll be dancing, but you’ll be far too sure of yourself to notice what that really looks like. Go ahead, feel yourself. It’s ok. Confidence Man have given you that. It's in the name, after all.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Taking the tongue-in-cheek, dance-punk ethic of our own International Teachers Of Pop, Confidence Man combines the cheeky sleaze of Charlie XCX with the groove and fun of classic DFA bands to create a humorous but infectious, incendiary blend for your illicit house party gatherings during lockdown.

    TRACK LISTING

    Groove Armada’s Confidence Trick Remix
    Groove Armada’s Confidence Trick Remix Instrumental
    Raf Rundell’s Party Nails Remix
    Working Men’s Club Remix

    Confidence Man

    Confident Music For Confident People

      From Melbourne by way of Brisbane, Confidence Man are unarguably one of the hottest acts on the planet right now. A portable party that’s levelled dance floors and flattened festival crowds as it’s rolled out across the world, they are a machine custom designed to make you dance and lose your cool.

      Without doubt set to be this summer’s most joyously exciting new band, they have to be seen to be believed – upfront there’s a statuesque chap clad only in a pair of nothing-to-the-imagination hot pants next to a woman in a custom designed baby-doll dress and shorts combo while behind them lurk two shadowy mute figures on drums and keyboards, each stripped to the waist and veiled secretively in what look like a satanic beekeeper’s hats made of a material so black, the light seems to fall into it.

      If Janet Planet, Sugar Bones, Clarence McGuffie and Reggie Goodchild weren’t a band already you’d be snapping at their heels demanding they form one quick-sharp. Fact is, they are, and on Friday 13th April 2018 they release Confident Music For Confident People, their 11-track debut album for Heavenly Recordings.

      The band have already offered a glimpse of what’s in store on Confident Music For Confident People – recent tracks Boyfriend, Bubblegum and Better Sit Down Boy were big and brash and bright as hell, like Dee-Lite tooled up and ready for our berserk modern times.

      Confident Music for Confident People sets eleven tales of 21st century ennui to irresistible, irrepressible dance music. The opening lines of Try Your Luck (“I must confess/I’ve been sleeping with your ex/’Cos I heard he was the best/I must confess/I never would have guessed he would get so obsessed… I’m not surprised”) set the tone perfectly for what follows.

      Here is a set of songs that take the kind of all-consuming interior monologues that bored, disaffected youth are wrestling with the world over and places them square in the middle of the dance floor before adding call-and-response choruses for good measure – it’s the best collection of perfect pop music you’ll hear all year, the perfect embodiment of the characters that made it that somehow manages to be both wildly ambitious and deceptively simple at the same time.


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: 'Don't You Know I'm In A Band' perfectly encapsulates the whole vibe behind Confidence Men, brash, bold and more than a little conceited, they take the stereotypical entitled hilarity of stardom and turn it into a bitingly ironic, brilliantly accomplished synth journey. It's ridiculous, but it's totally brilliant. Heavenly have gone out of their comfort zone on this one, and absolutely smashed it.

      TRACK LISTING

      Try Your Luck
      Don't You Know I'm In A Band
      Boyfriend
      C.O.O.L Party
      Out The Window
      Catch My Breath
      Bubblegum
      Better Sit Down Boy
      Sailboat Vacation
      All The Way
      Fascination


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