We may well have heard this all before but that doesn’t prevent the début EP from London six-piece Stats from sounding ever so refreshingly new. From the very opening bars of Where Is The Money’s rather wonderful title track the many musical reference points just start to come thick and fast. The clear blue lines of early ‘80s synthesised pop conjoin with thumping four-to-the-floor disco beats, eventually fusing into the twitchy, muscular funk of the ensuing ‘You Have To Say So’. By the time that the record reaches ‘D’You Wanna Eat’, Neil Tennant’s voice has finally wriggled free from Ed Seed’s body, promptly wrapped itself around David Byrne’s transgressive angular rhythms and then retreated from whence it came as the Where Is The Money EP concludes with Stats’ first single (released last December), the edgy and equally infectious 2 Minds’. The end results may well shamelessly marry early Pet Shop Boys with latter-period Talking Heads but you would still be well advised to seek proper inoculation before listening to this because it sure is as contagious as hell.

Where Is The Money EP was released on 5th May 2014 via StatsCo/Domino Publishing.

Stats upcoming shows:

16th May


XFM’s The Remedy

23rd / 24th / 25th May


Manchester / Bristol / Nottingham

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