Bad Blocks premiere their first new single in two years via Wondering Sound:
“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.” — Wondering Sound
Bad Blocks are a young two-piece from New Zealand, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Their music is a subtle and ingenious mix of electronic dream pop, ambient, and EDM — think SBTRKT and The Weeknd combined with William Basinski and Jon Hopkins. To our mind, they are hands-down one of Australasia’s most overlooked artists: staggeringly inventive, intelligent, and accomplished, their music is deeply emotional, but also decidedly unsentimental, manifesting an almost classical ideal of “detached beauty’. Their new EP ‘Circulate’ (pre-order via Bandcamp) releases Oct 2 2014 via Brooklyn label, Stars & Letters Records.