Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, dance-pop.
Background/Info: San Francisco (USA) based Jesse James Alexander has been introduced as ‘a self-styled anti-pop star for the queer and alternative communities.’ That’s a rather intriguing introduction for this artist (who is also an active DJ) who after having released a few EP’s now joined AnalogueTrash. Notice by the way that this work is still released on cassette format.
Content: The very first notes and tones clearly reveal an electro-pop approach driven by danceable rhythms. It sometimes reminds me a bit of Faderhead in a more poppy and explicit danceable format. I’m often a bit skeptical when underground artists are exploring dance fields. They often fall into a trap of cheap clichés, but FoxxyNewport appears to be an antidote to this kind of productions.
The songs are well-crafted and elaborated by cool sound treatments and solid choruses. Some elevating trance leads can be noticed now and then. I also like the production of the vocals, which features many cool effects.
Notice by the way that the album has been produced and mastered by Mr. Kitty who’s an experienced artist when it comes to speaking about great electro-pop music.
+ + + : The album features 10 fascinating songs and 3 cool remixes by IIOIOIOII, Atomzero and Cora. I however prefer the original versions featuring a few potential hits.
– – – : No doubt about it, the danceable aspect of the work will not please all electro-pop lovers. It will probably be too dance-minded for them.
Conclusion: FoxxyNewport is a refreshing and highly danceable new ‘alien’ dropped in the electro-pop galaxy. Electro-pop and dance music can be a delicious symbiosis when it’s made with intelligence and knowledge. FoxxyNewport plus Mr. Kitty definitely is a winning team.
Best songs: “Control”, “Stars”, “Worry”, “Neutral”, “Sado”, “Rebirth”.