Astrels, a powerhouse duo featuring house music maestro Steve Edwards (known for collaborations with Cassius, Axwell, and Bob Sinclar) and Joe Newman of Reverend & the Makers, releases their latest EP, “Metropolis Psychosis,” on November 3.
The opening track, “Neon Messiah – Radio Edit,” commences with the sound of rain patter and rumbling clouds, creating an atmospheric setting. A cold mechanical wave streams in with an optimistic force, accompanied by cinematic music. The demisting voice emerges as pulsating beats drop, painting a dystopian metropolis entangled in decay.
In the second track, “Neon Messiah – Rteph88 Remix,” the mood takes a drastic turn with instant heavy EDM pulsing through, engulfing the listener in a high-energy sonic experience. Coming up “Starship Motherchild – Radio Edit” kicks off with impactful drums, groovy brass, and funky vocals, evoking a nostalgic 90s beach party vibe. The lyrics speak of those who see stars in their daydreams and fantasize about escaping Earth.
The fourth track, “Starship Motherchild – Extended Spacedust Remix,” presents a retro spacey atmosphere with hard beats, tribal drumming, and spacey synths. Clocking in at more than six minutes, this remix amplifies the spacey and pulsating elements of the radio edit.
The EP gives us a taste of Astrels and their amplitude. If you like what you hear, check out their debut space opera album, “The Velvet Sea & the Afterglow,” set for release on Nov 17. On the same day, Astrels Sound System is going to present their album launch show, scheduled from 7 pm to 11 pm. So Mark Your Calendars and groove to the EP, till their next surprise.
Review By: Naomi Joan