Under Cancer Sky - Dan Bodan - Nudity & Atrocity
Label: Mangrove Records - MR001 • Format: Vinyl LP, Limited Edition, White Label • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic • Style: Experimental
Reading this on mobile? Click here to listen. The background: Dan Bodan sings electronic love songs. No, croons them, like a clean-cut pop idol from the 50s given a dark, modern makeover. And we use the term "love songs" in the broadest sense, to denote tunes that move at a torpid pace and could conceivably be slow-danced to, even if you're unlikely to find titles such as Under a Cancer Sky, an extra track on Bodan's new single, being "spun" at school discos or wherever it is young people do their smooching to music these days.
He's a bit of a mystery, is Bodan. He lives in Berlin but comes from Canada, but we've also seen mentions of him as "one half of the duo Synthdromes " from Sheffield, and he has also links with Maidstone, where he has been known to play DJ sets on the area's "growing alternative electronic scene". These are sketchy, sombre, after-hours avant-ballads, not exactly chart material, although you can see them appealing to older music fans than, say, Blake's demographic — if anything, Bodan is like an indier, Under Cancer Sky - Dan Bodan - Nudity & Atrocity abstract Bryan Ferry, wallowing in blue moods and the anguish of romance, with the vague whiff of the transgressive and decadent.
Aaron, one of the tracks on his single the other being DPsuggests he might Waiting So Long - Supertramp - MP3 gay, and we've seen one comparison between him and Frank Ocean, but that, too, is wishful thinking. His music doesn't quite have that luxuriance or sense of scale and ambition, but there's definitely an intriguing album of smoky, saxy torch songs bearing an askew view of life and love in this young Berlin via South Yorkshire and Kent boy.
The Under Cancer Sky - Dan Bodan - Nudity & Atrocity "The love he sings of is fraught and intense" — according to his distributoion company. Links: soundcloud. Click here to listen Hometown: Berlin.
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