If I had to describe the overall sound of R∆; a sick mash-up of 'N Sync [on poppers] and Britney [a la her 'Blackout' years]. Or on another day I might describe R∆ as a progressive pop record that's not afraid to throw some 'fucks' around in-between dubstep breakdowns and frenetic falsetto sprints. Yeah I'll describe it as that.
Have a listen to Flesh
It is somewhat wonderful that he avoids some kind of boy-robot-meltdown over the course of the fourteen tracks on R∆ [not that I'd grudge him] what with all the emotion he throws into each number. Often finding himself on the edge of falling into the sound he has created. Simon merely takes a step back, oils his parts [ahem] and sprints off in another direction.
He does this so competently infact that I coudn't help but be reminded of a young Britney Spears and how she used to sing with all the unapologetic bite that marks R∆ and made her name before she fell into the machine.
Sad. But really quite the compliment if you think about it.
Top Hive Songs: Enemy, Flesh, D.T.M, Laser Guns Up, Superhero
4/5 Freja Beha Erichsen’s
Images by Tyler Shields