le ROSE: “King of my Castle”
Milan-based synth duo le ROSE came on our radar last year with their excellent Isole EP and the surprisingly huge-sounding Italo anthem “Solidad” therein. Now Flavio Scutti and Andrea Noce are back with a single and video for “King of my Castle” from their new full-length Rhythms, which continues where they left off with more dark house gems. As fans of late-’90s club tracks may have guessed, “King of my Castle” is a cover of Wamdue Project’s downtempo classic of the same name. While that single gained traction with a remix by Roy Malone a couple years later, le ROSE take the original as their blueprint and mix in atmospheric soft synth tones similar to what The Knife used on Silent Shout a decade after.
Considering that Scutti and Noce are self-consciously mining sounds from the past (both recent and not-so-recent), the track’s crystalline pop sounds remarkable now. Federico Cosci‘s accompanying video, too, full of throwback imagery including the iconic Blow Up model scene, is also ultra-contemporary with glitchy psychedelia overriding well-trod touchstones (and lots of bare breasts). Perhaps that’s simply where we are in our cultural loop (The Knife just announced their first new album in five years, and ’90s nostalgia is in full effect), but, like the best futurists before them, le ROSE somehow distill the new and nostalgic into a blend of synth stabs and tom beats. Not an easy task in any decade.
le ROSE’s are still looking for a label for their upcoming album, so stay tuned!
Written by Nathan Reese