For the better part of their adolescence, Hamish Lang and Daniel Neeve, the two members of the New Zealand electro outfit Bad Blocks, could loosely be termed “social misfits.” Neeve, the son of a pastor, raised in a hippie community on the Tasman Sea. Lang dedicated his teenage years to music, learning to both play and produce. So it’s little surprise that the product of their collaboration as Bad Blocks (after a short stint under the wisely-ditched name South City Sushi Cop) would feel shivery and distant. “Turning,” from the duo’s forthcoming Circulate EP, is a bit of fluttering, mesmerizing electro, with all the pulse and ache of cabaret paired with the glitch and stutter of minimal techno. The contrast makes the song bewitching — a digital ghost crooning heartsick sonnets.
[Circulate will be released on October 2nd by Stars & Letters]