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Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens by Classixx
Released: May 2013
Label: Innovative Leisure
No big surprise why Los Angeles' Michael David and Tyler Blake called themselves "Classixx"; their synth-soaked jams hark back to pop's golden '80s and '90s, when R&B, house and funk mingled freely. The songs on their debut album pay tribute to classic acts like D Train, Change and the SOS Band with sparkling keys and memorable hooks, while the oomph in their grooves proves them adept students of Daft Punk and The Avalanches. It's all as ecstatic as the spelling of their name would lead you to guess, an endless summer compressed into 12 effortless songs.
Philip Sherburne