‘Do You Need A Release?’ is De Lux at their poppiest, prettiest, danciest, and also their most abrasive. Built on a hotbed of tension, the songs give release in surprising yet immediately satisfying ways. The verses often pummel you with aggressive beats and grooves only to blossom into open, encouraging, and even angelic refrains.
Recorded with their live band at Jonny Bell’s Jazzcat Studio, De Lux give us their firebrand danceable and quirky pop songs with a strong dose of wit, matching the quality and camaraderie of their intense and acclaimed live performances. Their funny and profound sound remains immensely groovy, but the band is more influenced by the fun ‘80s new wave of the Tom Tom Club and the experimentation and imagery of The Clash’s “Sandinista!”. De Lux matters because they make music to dance to and be inspired by.