Sneaky return is this year's pop music highlight
WITH a sharp new look, a fresh sense of adventure and, most importantly, a thoroughly reinvigorated sound, the return of Sneaky Sound System is without doubt one of the most exciting things to happen to pop music this year.
Powerhouse singer Miss Connie and producer extraordinaire Black Angus have been working on their imminent third collection, From Here To Anywhere, since 2009. The pair wrote it between tour dates, in hotel rooms and studios from Sydney to just about every- where - London, Paris, Ibiza, Moscow.
It's a record of strobing techno-pop lightning bolts, taken to new heights by a duo at the top of their game.
Connie's passionate virtuosic vocals and Angus's savvy, gleaming production shine throughout, from the bouncing, genre-defying first single, We Love, to the throbbing pulse and simmering drama of I Remember.
Elsewhere there's the soaring Big and the darkly seductive The Colours, all moody bass and robotic beats.
And even when the pair venture into what might be dubbed familiar territory, with the likes of emotive Friends and electrifying Really Want To See You Again, they pull off the rare feat of sounding simultaneously vintage and futuristic.
Of course, Connie and Angus have been impressing since they started making beautiful music together in 2004.
As their reputation grew, thanks to the weekly Sneaky Sundays club night in Sydney, Sneaky Sound System started releasing singles - including Hip Hip Hooray and Tease Me - and in 2006, a self-titled debut album.
Spearheaded by a spectacular salvo of instant-classic anthems - think UFO, Pictures and I Love It - Sneaky Sound System won ARIA awards for best dance release and best breakthrough artist in 2007.
Second longplayer 2 arrived in 2008, with yet more dancefloor slayers in the form of Kansas City, When We Were Young and the #1 UK club smash It's Not My Problem. In 2009 I Will Be Here, collaboration with Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto, took Sneaky Sound System to the top of the US dance airplay charts.