In Cambridge, Massachusetts there exists a club called TT the Bear’s Place. On Saturday nights this strange little hole in the wall is home to literally the best thing ever: new wave dance music, primarily from the 80’s. I spent some of my best Boston nights raving to remixes of Iggy Pop, the Cure, and Depeche Mode with some of the strangest partygoers the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts had to offer. Why, you may be asking, is this in any way related to Prinzhorn Dance School’s new single “Reign”? Well, it’s because “Reign” would fit seamlessly within one of the famed “retro” playlists at good ol’ TT the Bear’s. Is “Reign” an instant classic that we’ll be listening to for years to come? Nah. But will it make you want to put on your goth-y best and break out your freakiest dance moves? Abso-fucking-lutely!
Prinzhorn Dance School is a UK-based indie-electronic duo set to debut their third album Home Economics this summer. “Reign” is the first track to be released from this album, and it’s certainly promising. The track is low in its tone, steady in its bassline and pretty stripped-down overall. Suzi Horn and Tobin Prinz’s vocals are clear and perfectly harmonious (without being cutesy) and the song has a catchy, even beat that you can’t help but head-bob along with. I guess my only complaint about “Reign” is the fact that the song kinda builds into nothing – you’d need some tasteful remixing to turn this into a true new wave-esque dance track. You could also say that Prinzhorn’s sound is a little derivative, but is it really so wrong to emulate your old favorites (and do a damn good job of it to boot)? I don’t think so. So if you dig The xx, The Juan Maclean, the Drive soundtrack or 80’s new wave, give “Reign” a listen. I won’t be surprised if I end up groovin’ to this song with Cambridge’s finest next time I’m at TT the Bear’s.
Pre-order Prinzhorn Dance School’s album on iTunes here.
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Mon. June 8 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
Fri. June 12 – London, UK @ St Pancras Old Church