Reigning from the streets of Melbourne, Milwaukee Banks have bridged the gap between hip-hop and electronic elements, creating an incredibly diverse sound. With an established name in the local scene, it seems Edo and Dyl Thomas’ latest record, Deep Into The Night, may have what it takes to launch them to the next level.
‘Too High To Die’ opens the release, stepping electronic drums and stabbing synth sounds making quite an impression. As a single sci-fi tone moves from left to right, the listener is instantly transported into a digital setting. Moving towards the sound of a messy marching drum, the percussion is a predominant part of the album as a whole. As the track record skips mid-way, it’s clear that the brothers are on their way to perfecting the mix, but are not quite there yet.
Dyl soon spits out “pour another one for me – I’m faded, fucking faded, still jaded” on their second track. As drunken synths wrap themselves around each word, your suddenly lost in a continuous vibrating hum. Going after the ‘Only One’, Milwaukee Banks rests an uplifted vocal on a break pushing drum arrangement. Besides the semi off-putting, simple backing vocal, the track is another with an overall solid sound. Losing their momentum for a minute, ‘Mona Lisa’ isn’t as melodically magnetic.
Knocking back into our ears, ‘Shame On Me’ begins with a single tapping beat and is soon joined by an unnamed female vocalist with a voice as airy as they come. “Love me once, shame on you, love me twice, shame on me. “Leave me once, shame on you, leave me twice, shame on me” floats gently on top of a minimalistic clapping tune. Once again, it’s time to step into a sci-fi, almost video game-like sound with ‘Never Coming Down’. Reaching their hip-hop peak with ‘Reincarnated’, the guys let their enticing electronics take the back seat for a second. With words like “their screaming from the heavens the planet is in depression”, the pair are able to add a devilish depth to their tunes.
Calling out the corruption in politics and misguided spotlights, ‘Gold Rush’ seems to highlight the greed seething through those in a position of power. It’s another intricate instrumental production however, the track is lacking in lyrical diversity. While ‘In The Air’ is a fine addition, it’s hard not to forget it when it’s follower is the record’s title track. Beginning with an earthy, ethereal and eerie energy, it’s instantly enticing. With an ability to draw you into another world, the single is set to send you through another scintillating soundscape -“But will your feelings let you?”
Finishing up with the fabulously feminine ‘First Light’ and the grunge of ‘Grace’, Deep Into The Night will send you through a virtually digital world with enough urban decay to keep you on the trip that is Milkwaukee Banks.
Deep Into The Night is available now via Dot Dash / Remote Control.