Kele: Tenderoni (Video)

I know “Banquet” was crazy and all that, but am I the only one who thought Bloc Party’s most recent album, Intimacy, was also their most interesting? It still stuck fairly close to the BP formula, but featured some wild experiments like the spazzy, horn-stab filled “Mercury.” If you want to see Bloc Party frontman Kele straying further outside that mid ’00s dance-punk sound, check out the video for his new single, “Tenderoni,” from the forthcoming The Boxer LP.

When you first start listening to the Hudson Mohawke and XXXchange produced affair you will probably find yourself saying, “I see where this is going,” but don’t be fooled. By the time it reaches the chorus, it explodes with raw, wall-to-wall power and insane pitch-shifted vocals that might make you rethink your initial assessment. Despite the signs that the blog-house scene as we know it is crumbling (or, at the very least, evolving) before our very eyes, Kele and friends manage to make a solid jam that, despite its ’90s throwback sonics, doesn’t feel the least bit dated.

Oh, and them glowing outfits (someone watched Kanye’s “Love Lockdown” vid, or, like, Tron) is real purty, plus you get to see a shirtless Kele punch the hell out of some air in slo-mo. Win win.

-Jack

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