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Good Lies

    Highly anticipated would be an understatement; since their inception Overmono have purposefully cultivated a fanbase that heralds them as one of the UK’s most original contemporary live electronic acts.

    A run of ground-breaking club EPs between 2020 and 2022 built momentum and culminated in their breakthrough club single, “So U Kno”, which encapsulated the hearts of clubbers and went on to become a bonafide phenomenon as dancefloors re-opened; featuring in end of year lists published by Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, DJ Mag and Mixmag. Since then, Overmono have been named ‘Best Live Act’ at the prestigious DJ Mag Best of British Awards, taken their custom audio-visual live show to the most credible festivals across the globe, including Glastonbury, Movement Festival, Dekmantel and to sold-out crowds in London, LA and NYC as part of their debut headline tour last year. And, they have produced innovative releases including their instalment of their ‘Fabric Presents’ DJ mix series and collaborations with the likes of Joy Orbison.

    Now, Overmono return to present their most ambitious release to date. Across the twelve-track project, Overmono journey through a powerful distillation of their musical career so far; incorporating “So U Kno” alongside new music that propels them beyond the dancefloor. Good Lies remoulds and interweaves captivating vocal cuts into a series of multi-genre electronic sounds that flits effortlessly between euphoria and melancholy.

    Talking about their debut album Good Lies, Overmono says: “Across the last two years, we have spent so much time on the road, making music whenever we could. Moving around all the time was always really inspiring and got us experimenting a lot and having fun with how we created chords or chopped and pitched vocals. This album is really a letter of love to the journey so far and marks where we want to take things. Much love, T&E x

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Ethan says: ‘Good Lies’ opens with what could easily be mistaken for a scrapped 2020 Charli XCX instrumental – chopped cutesy vocals, bubble-gum bass passages, the occasional eclectic SOPHIE-esque drum pattern. This may seem undermining, but only reflects the current trajectory of the Welsh duo – a clear path to the (metaphorical) electronic hall of fame.

    There’s brilliant runs of hit-after-hit throughout this album that somehow convinced my musically-blind (and likely tone-deaf) dad that he wanted to start DJing. But when you’ve got songs like “Cold Blooded” and “Skulled” transitioning perfectly into each other, it’s not hard to see why. The title track is one of the biggest mood-lifters I’ve heard in a good while and I think it’s a crime that I’ve not heard it played in more clubs this year. However, some of the album's greatest strengths lie in its alternative R&B and even ambient passages – which feels almost polarising to say when considering the club potential of tracks like “Is U” and “‘So U Know”. “Arla Fearn” functions as a breather between the bangers that open the album up, with its droning pads and bass-driven instrumental, but there’s still a bouncy feel to the drums here that keeps the energy flowing. The snappy snare with its trail of reverb is a really satisfying piece of production. “Vermonly” definitely runs with the ambient ideas as well, with the drums being subdued for once and lead cycling through a glossy motif.

    And to top it all off, there’s a cool dog on the cover. That should sell you on the album alone!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Feelings Plain
    2. Arla Fearn
    3. Good Lies
    4. Walk Thru Water
    5. Cold Blooded
    6. Skulled
    7. Sugarushhh
    8. Calon
    9. Is U
    10. Vermonly
    11. So U Kno
    12. Calling Out

    Immediately signed by XL upon their inception, Overmono have quickly become a dominant force within the UK dancefloor electronics scene. 12"s on AD 93 and Poly Kicks have furthered their credentials with club goers and electronic music lovers alike, leading us nicely to this incredibly well curated and expansive compilation for the enduring Fabric series. Inspired by cold, dark London nights, but celebrating the rich diversity of talent amongst the UK scene the mix takes in dubstep, dnb, techno and the experimental end of electronica. It features spoken word from Benjamin Zephaniah, Foremost Poets and the poetic lyrics of For Those I Love’s ‘I Have A Love’, making this a bold, upbeat, emotionally-moving, post-lockdown dancefloor comp.

    Inclusions of Orca’s classic ‘Intellect’ plus Artwork’s iconic white label ‘The Soul’ show the level of influence the brothers have in the scene. Rochdale-via-Manchester-via-Leeds' electronic troubadour Sockethead There's even an appearance from Rochdale-via-Manchester-via-Leeds' electronic troubadour Sockethead, whose self-reflective moments of synthesized ambi-noize, self-induced isolation and heart-spilling honestly were captured brilliantly on an LP for Youth earlier in the year. 


    TRACK LISTING

    CD
    1 Overmono - So U Kno
    2 Artwork - The Soul
    3 Foremost Poets - MoonRaker
    3 Milanese - Billy Hologram
    4 Antonio - Hyperfunk
    5 Overmono - If U Ever
    6 DJ Zank - Pegassans
    7 Surgeon & James Ruskin - Sound Pressure Part 3
    8 Holy Ghost - 4AM At The Crying Cactus
    9 L.B. Dub Corp - I Have A Dream Ft. Benjamin Zephaniah
    10 Plastikman - Fuk [Plus 8 Records]
    11 For Those I Love - I Have A Love (Overmono Remix)
    12 DJ Misjah - Victim
    13 Powder - Lost Of Light
    14 Overmono - BMW Track
    15 LCY - Shhh
    16 Vex'd - Pop Pop
    17 Robert Fleck - Bromine
    18 Anz - Morphing Into Brighter
    19 Actress - Caves Of Paradise
    20 Remarc - Thunderclap (Dubplate Mix)
    21 Equiknoxx - A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up
    22 Ed Rush & Optical - Bacteria
    23 Orca - Intellect
    24 Smith & Mighty - Film Score
    25 Blawan - Fourth Dimensional
    26 Roy Of The Ravers - Erolfa
    27 Sockethead - When I Close My Eyes I See Paint
    28 1995 Epilepsy - Get 2 Kno

    Vinyl:
    A1 L.B. Dub Corp - I Have A Dream Ft. Benjamin Zephaniah
    A2 1995 Epilepsy - Get 2 Kno
    B1 Blawan - Fourth Dimensional
    B2 Sockethead - When I Close My Eyes I See Paint
    C1 Overmono - If U Ever
    C2 LCY - Shhh
    D1 Orca - Intellect
    D2 DJ Misjah – Victim


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