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FlaKes – ‘Keep Going’

by Thomas Bedward November 12, 2021

FlaKes – ‘Keep Going’

A funk-influenced outfit from the creative heart of Toulouse, France, FlaKes have spent the best part of the year refining their vibrant dance-pop sound, and today, they’ve treated us all to the release of their technicolour debut EP, ‘Keep Going’.

A gorgeous release that perfectly reflects the energy and collective interaction of their live shows, ‘Keep Going’ delivers five incandescent songs that are sure to have your feet tapping and heart rate rising. Recorded live in-studio, the EP is a rare glimpse into the world of ‘70s disco and modern pop that first brought the band together.

Shining with influences from dance-pop icons like Parcels, Jamiroquai, Phoenix and Daft Punk, there’s a lot to unpack in the EP, but it's well worth the time and effort. Opening with the title track, the EP delivers a timeless, retro sound, one cascades effortlessly with a fine fusion of disco-funk-pop magic. It’s a kaleidoscopic and finely composed piece, and it serves as a perfect introduction to their wonderfully transcendent sound.

As the EP continues, tracks like ‘Hermes’ and ‘Majesty’ steal the show, layering sharp uplifting tones with gorgeous multi-faceted sounds that will make you want to turn the volume up and dance like no one is watching. Arguably one of the most engaging and original debuts of the year, the EP is a gorgeous piece of emotive funk-pop that demands to be heard, arriving as a beautiful release that the band have called “an ode to the power of music.”

A bold picture of where funk is heading, FlaKes’ debut EP offers a golden stream of pure vibes and dance-inducing sounds, bringing together classical instrumentation with sonic synths, and the unmistakable sound of pure, unbridled joy.

Score: 8/10

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