It’s been four years since Liverpool’s Balearic dance quartet THE TEA STREET BAND released their debut album, Push The Feeling On, but the lads haven’t been idle. They’ve spent the past few months honing their disco-friendly sound, and squeezing it into another handy album-size format. Frequency is the result of this sculpting and moulding, and it’s another pulsating piece of work that trips along like clockwork.
“I watched loads of sci-fi/horror films for themes, motifs and vibes while working on stuff for the album,” Tea Street bassist Nick Otaegui tells us. “Vangelis (BladeRunner) and John Carpenter (Assault On Precinct 13) soundtracks stood out along the way. Heavy, atmospheric and pure mood, painting a picture before the words and pictures hit you. It was always an intention to go darker for this album, look inward and explore emotions, frequencies. It all just seemed to make sense along the way.”
Delve into the selections made by Tim (TT), Nick (NO), Dominic (DA) and Lee (LS) below, that explain the thinking behind the band’s second LP. Before that, however, get yourself in the mood with the first single taken from Frequency, Marseille Blues.
New Order were a major focus for us all working on this record, we referenced them in so many ways. I think Temptation sums this up the most in the production and in the song’s style. It’s a masterclass in my eyes, by a band at the top of their game. Electro, pop, tapping into simple ideas but with depth and layers to unravel. If we could get anywhere close to this then I was always gonna be happy. NO
Au/Ra and CamelPhat
While we were in the progress of recording the album I revisited all the old State Tapes my sister used to buy me. Loads of songs I have never heard again apart from on those tapes. Songs with choruses that make the hairs stand up on my arms and I feel proper boss. From that I heard this CamelPhat tune – it was the closest thing to those State Tapes songs I’d heard. I’ve been on their case to do us a remix, but they haven't messaged me back yet! Come
’ed Mike, lad. TT
When we were touring the first album I was listening to a lot of Lindstrøm and Todd Terje, and this track especially stood out to me because of the hypnotic bassline, which definitely inspired some of the synth bass sounds on the new album. The synth sounds he gets throughout the record, as well as the drums, are superb! The dynamics of this particular tune are boss; it’s up and down, but keeps you moving all the way. Belter track! LS
It’s All Over
Pional is a Spanish DJ who released this track a couple of years ago. It’s what everyone wants to achieve when making electronic music, by incorporating interesting build-ups and distinctive vocals. The slow build-up of the track is intense and pays off with a lovely synth in the latter half which is superb. The video is great too! DA
A Beacon School
I heard this by chance and absolutely loved it, it’s a belter. Proper minimal but builds perfectly in a way that reminds me of the way we build ours. When we made the first album I used to sit in my flat on Falkner Street with a four-track and would have to bounce after every recording I would do. So that it would never stop. About 600 tracks of guitar and keyboard. I haven’t heard anything else by the band, and I don’t want to – I don’t think it’ll be anywhere near as good as this track. TT
Need You Now
The vibe of this track is great! The skipping beat over the pulsing synths and sampled vocals is electronic-sounding, but it’s also a boss, pop-sounding record. The melodies are sweet too. This is definitely an inspiration for some of the sounds on the album. Hot Chip always seem to come up with at least one or two stand out tracks on their albums and this is one of them,
for me. Great band. LS
I think Bonobo is one of the few artists who’s pushing the boundaries in the dance genre and this track is exemplary of his progression. Rhythmically the track is superb, the drums almost feel out of sync with the rest of track and it creates a brilliant effect. The vocal sample gives it that classic house feel, too. DA
Frequency is released on 9th November via Modern Sky UK.