Cut. Copy. Paste…

Airborne by Cut Copy

I’m going to spare you the dramatics and get right to it. I used to think that Underworld were the most consistently excellent dance band going but I think it’s time to hand the crown over to Cut Copy. Being a fan of theirs dating back to their days as being part of the Modular Recordings crew, Cut Copy has crafted a catalogue chock full of excellent dance pop with a deft ability to veer this way and that with nary a misstep. The only record I can quibble would have been 2011’s Zonoscope where they veered a little too close to full on indie rock and the songs mostly fell flat. Given that this is the same band that put out the genre-defining masterpiece In Ghost Colours the record prior, it’s fair to give Dan Whitford and crew a pass.

Where 2013’s Balearic house/Madchester mashup record Free Your Mind proved to be quite the triumphant comeback, Haiku From Zero, the band’s new record proves why the band frankly has no peer at the moment. Crystalline production and myriad classic dance and punk-funk influences in overwhelming abundance while retaining the major element that ties it all together and what so many of their contemporaries often forget: They’re smart pop songs that aren’t afraid to be just that. Songs like current single Airborne, No Fixed Destination or Standing In The Middle Of The Field are pure unadulterated dance jams that even rock dinosaurs may find it difficult to resist bopping their head…at least once.

Cut Copy is an prime example of a band that knows what it does well and has found its niche in offering a new sound every time out that few artists can match right now. For this, we should be thankful…