Glasgow based MermaidS have been quietly making waves since 2011 with an infectious blend of choppy edit-style punchers and slow morphing body music. The duo has already had releases on their own eponymous imprint as well as Nonlocal out of Canada, but made their biggest splash on Ali Ooft’s recent FOTO Recordings’ sampler EP Four’s A Crowd. Their contribution “Run With The Night” easily stole the show on the release and made its way into many well respected record bags including Roberto Rodriguez, Ben La Desh, Andy Ash, Martin Hayes of Rose Records and the always on point Sleazy Beats gents. The tides are steadily turning in their favor and have carried them to Young Adults for their finest material yet.
The Handsome Stranger EP kicks off with “Cherry Cola”, a looped-up thumper that builds on perfectly paced vocal refrains until it crescendos and blasts an unforgettable horn all the way home. “Signal” revs up gradually and gains momentum with ease, displaying MermaidS’ keen ability to chug with the best of em. Flip over to the B and “Chateau Mermont” thrusts full bore into choppy waters, cranking up the heavy heat for heady floor moments. “Everything But You” rounds out the wax with knuckles to concrete abound - pounding beats and a submerged bouncy bassline. The digital package also features bonus cut “Mersterious”, setting the release afloat on its blissfully rugged drifting outro.