Gramme spluttered into life in 1996, high on the fumes of 99 Records, ESG, Liquid Liquid, Factory's ACR, New Order & Daft Punk's album 'Homework'. Their ambition was to make raw, accessible and deeply pleasurable party music for those left cold by the tired and uninspiring sounds of big beat. Gramme and the Output imprint paved the way for a new musical movement and was influential in the early sound of New York's DFA and bands like The Rapture and The Juan Mclean.
Now, in 2012, this joie de vivre has never bean more apparent. Their first release in 6 years, EP2.1 came out in March and flew off the shelves, as did Hot Chip re-edits of classic Gramme tracks 'Like You/Mine' which was released on a New York bootleg imprint.
Now 'Too High' EP drops this June. This new EP on the band's own imprint Physical Release Recordings takes the Gramme sound to yet new musical echelons. 'Too High' is an addictive hypnotic, anthemic ode to the dancefloor. 'Headsore', a bleepy, intensely spirited whirl of inner verve being released through musical veins. 'I'll Make It Up' takes the pace down with a seductive clicky groove, oozing a lush yet melancholic vibe that will make the hairs on the back of one's neck tingle. And then there's 'I Can't Resist', a contemporary slice of post-punk funk heaven.
Look out out for the new Gramme album out this October.
Published: 7th June 2012