You probably remember the start of 2011 chiming the words “like a blizzard” in an obscenely exaggerated California accent, courtesy of Far East Movement’s massive hit Like a G6.  Well, it looks like they are here to stay now that they have hit number one spots around the world.

Formed in 2003, they have been bubbling under US mainstream hip-hop for the last few years, working with several well-known artists and producers and featuring on the soundtrack for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Their electro/hip-hop/pop routine could rival The Black-Eyed Peas…

Following the release of their single “Rocketeer” (less club-anthem, more chilled and co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder), they have come out with their album, Free Wired. It is bursting with catchy tunes and has A-list name drops with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Keri Hilson collaborating.

They flirt with a number of subject matters contrasting such lyrics as “I bet you wake up in the morning and you kiss yourself/’cos I would if I was you” with “My life isn’t measured by the breaths I take/ but the moments with you that take my breath away”.  There is even an entire song dedicated to the temptations of a ménage à trois, which they are excused for only by use of very clever, tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

…and their sound is enough to get you in the right mind for a good night.

So, after a few years of touring, collaborating and musical experimentation, it looks like Far East Movement have finally found their niche, with a promise of sticking around.  Their electro/hip-hop/pop routine could rival The Black-Eyed Peas and their sound is enough to get you in the right mind for a good night.

In their own words; “I’m not looking for no strings/you’re not looking for a ring”, seem to sum up my relationship with this album: a short, intense fling (I have been listening to it on repeat for several days now) which I will probably return to if I need an instant pick-me-up. After listening to it, I can only look forward to more.

4 Stars

 

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