In 2005, an overwhelming sense of nostalgia began to pervade the club/dance scene. Madonna released Confessions on a Dance Floor, an overt homage to her '80s reign as the queen of the clubs, ex-Bronski Beat singer Jimmy Somerville released his strongest record since the demise of the Communards, and Erasure resurfaced for a world tour. The seeming desire to return to the mid-'80s even began to filter through to new artists like Jason Rylan. The Las Vegas-based singer/producer's first EP is an unabashed return to the glorious decadence of the mid-'80s club scene, a libidinous paean to dancefloor hotties that's as erotically charged as a classic Soft Cell single but also ultra-catchy in the bubblegummy dance-pop style of Stacey Q. "Go Go Boyz (Maori Mix)" even reintroduces that instantly familiar piano sample that was the hallmark of house music for close to a decade. A taster for Rylan's full-length debut Walk Away, due in 2006, Go-Go Boyz heralds what could be an interesting new talent to a previously moribund form.
Go-Go Boyz Review
by Stewart Mason