Private Agenda have released their debut EP, Affection, self-released via their own label, Nightshift Records.
The impressively ambitious EP is full of eclectic influences from New Wave to Disco to LoFi-pop and boasts enough of a proficiency over each to provide significant appeal for people of all tastes. Complete with pop-hooks, colourful soundscapes and groovy synths, Affection is a romantic soundtrack with firm roots in the queer musical underground. Sean Phillips’ vocals are incredibly seductive and captivating, floating seamlessly over Martin Rowe’s impeccable production, with undeniably groove-laden basslines that give you no choice other than to locomote profusely. Together, they’ve crafted an EP full of warm, lo-fi vibes and irresistible pop melodies, including a couple of tunes that you will have on repeat. One of these is surely “Instinct”, a track that sounds like if Homeshake, Tame Impala and MGMT had a baby, with fabulously alluring vocals and a bouncy synth beat that will pop wherever it’s played.
With releases on leading underground disco labels including Lo Recordings, Live at Robert Johnson, International Feel and Needwant, the London duo-show heaps of promise and this latest release confirms that they are definitely comfortably establishing themselves in the synth-pop disco scene, but also show ambition to garner affection from further afield.