Northside '82 returns to the shelves with an action-packed new EP from SmartBar resident Chrissy. A veteran of such esteemed labels as Classic, Freerange Records, Hypercolour, and Razor N Tape, the Chicago-based artist offers "The Photobooth" as a DJ-friendly preview of his forthcoming collaborative album with Chicago-based vocalist Hawley Shoffner. Her bright and steady vocals are perfect match for Chrissy's varied styles of synth-driven disco. These extended 12-inch versions of album tracks "Photobooth" and "Personal Touch", as well as EP-exclusive "An Actual Man", find the pairing works just as well on the dance floor.
"A few years ago I got really bored and frustrated writing instrumental music, and started to have a lot more ideas for vocal-based songs. I've always been really heavily influenced by Bobby Orlando, Patrick Cowley, Pet Shop Boys, Lime, Vince Clarke, et al., so I think I just naturally tended to imagine songs with those kinds of sounds and structures, and this grew out of that." - Chrissy
The record begins with a rush of frenetic disco energy. "Photobooth"'s arpeggiated strings and syncopated bass beats are as swift as they are sweet, laced throughout a tale of heartbreak arriving too soon sung beautifully by Hawley. "Personal Touch" is a shimmering, modern take on hi-NRG with classic charms and clever lyrics. "An Actual Man" closes the record on a bittersweet but satisfying note, relaxing the tempo and soaking up nuanced melancholic grooves with Hawley's steadfast vocals rising above. And as it slips away you just get the feeling "Chrissy & Hawley", to be released July 15 on The Nite Owl Diner, will be worth the wait.