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14 July 2012
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ERIC SOLOMON - "GROUND CONTROL"
Eric Solomon was born and raised in Kinshasa until the age of 13 when civil war and unrest broke out. Seeking new pastures he moved to Montreal, Canada and decided to follow the path of music, generating his own sound, smoothing out a career in Canada and touring the local circuits. With supporting slots for Dragonette and remixes of The XX under his belt, the fast establishing Congolese-Canadian maestro is targeting UK shores with his sparkling array of electro glitter pop that will undoubtedly fill the void left by the likes of Sam Sparro, Adam Lambert or Mika.
"Ground Control" will immediately split opinion from the offset for Solomon has made the bold move to tamper with the original "Space Oddity" by the great David Bowie. Only vociferously loyal Bowie fans will disapprove of such meddling but to the collective majority, the song has been tweaked, reworked and edited into an Eric Solomon pop ditty full of fluxing electro sweeps, refracted computer bleeps and golden pop beats. Sieving out any musical impurities Eric's sound is crisp and contemporary, lassoing together perhaps rather sharp synth jabs and sanding them down into smooth works of complimentary audio art. "Ground Control" is a delightful slab of typically Canadian pop where uncluttered lyrics glide across contrastingly abrasive instrumental undertones to generate a neat equilibrium of beats, thuds and sugared synths.
Check out the music video below then show the Canadian some love via his Facebook and Twitter pages.