In Review: WORKSHOP – LUXURY EP (TENTH COURT, 2014)

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Luxury is cold disco, futuristic art-pop and heady wooze. It doesn’t waste a note, it doesn’t miss a beat. It is a perfectly executed introduction to a duo that won’t settle for less than the best.

I’ve already written some words about Workshop, the Brisbane duo released the icy electro tune, ‘Repeat After Me’ a few months back. I mentioned before that Workshop have managed to hone in on a visual aesthetic that aligns closely with the polished sheen of their music. Luxury is the next step in their evolution, showing that their artistic vision extends beyond one song.

Although Luxury isn’t an extensive or lengthy look at what Workshop are capable of, the three songs and one remix included on the cassette are mighty impressive. Luxury is cold disco, futuristic art-pop and heady wooze. The release information mentions that Luxury ‘is an exercise in pure, tailored brand aesthetics’. I gather that this means that Workshop are very conscious and self-aware when it comes to their musical product. Luxury doesn’t waste a note, it doesn’t miss a beat. It is a perfectly executed introduction to a duo that won’t settle for less than the best.

Their sound is luxurious, it’s chic yet firm. It carries a ruthlessness that underlies the shimmer. The EP was recorded and mixed by Multiple Man’s Chris Campion, a maestro of similarly ruthless sound. The cassette is being released with limited numbers through Tenth Court.

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