Bag Raiders – Checkmate EP

Australia’s Bag Raiders first popped on my radar, like most people, when their track “Shooting Stars” became a breakout hit back in 2009. Yet these guys have progressed so far since then, never satisfied with conquering one genre, and their current sound is so delightfully refreshing. In a special blend of synth-pop, House and super-charged electronica, the Australians are making me fall in love with them all over again. The Checkmate EP has something for everyone: with “Breakdown” they show their softer side with the help of some delicious synth builds; on “Checkmate” they dust off the keyboard and electric drums for some upbeat pop; and by the time we get “Magic Feel”, you are in a frenzy of semi-tropical psychedelic bliss.

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