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Music Review: Miss TK & The Revenge – The Ocean Likes to Party Too

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Slinky and ridiculously sexy, Miss TK & The Revenge pull a sweaty beach party out of the bag with The Ocean Likes to Party Too. The record is a blisteringly cool set of dance pop tracks blended with a little of the punk, don’t-give-a-fuck flavour. With just the perfect amount of raunch and merry innocence, this is one shindig worth sticking around for.

It’s true that you could classify Miss TK & The Revenge as a gang, but these gangsters pull off some truly staggering stuff that feels at once incredibly intimate and dancehall ready. Led by Tannis “Miss TK” Kristjanson and Ari Katz (“Mighty Lion”), the sextet has been rolling hard since 2004’s XOXO dropped on the Gern Blandsten label.

Out now on Ernest Jenning Record Co., The Ocean Likes to Party Too is one of those albums that spins and spins and spins its way into your brain. The songs are addictive, cobbled together from the greatest punk disco you’ve never heard. Like party crashers, they burrow in and spike the bunch before leaving a pile of scintillating rubbish in their wake. These songs kill.

“Beach Master” kicks it off with a rough-edged groove and some scattered synth blasts. Miss TK’s insistence that the “Beach Master” is coming is halfway between threatening and enticing and she sounds like the girl at the party too bored stiff to have anything to do with you. “It’s okay,” you tell yourself, “she doesn’t understand.”

The thing about Miss TK & The Revenge is that they do understand how to rock the hell of out whatever joint it is you find yourself. Cuts like “Hotter Sweeter” and “Body Bounce Back” will turn the temperature up to sweltering, while “Kids” threatens to be the funkiest cut of the summer.

Sure, summer might be drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean that The Ocean Likes to Party Too stops being the soundtrack of pure, unadulterated, fucking hazardous fun.

Most of Miss TK & The Revenge’s record is consumed with the fires of relentless dancing and unstoppable grooves. Lyrically, the good times keep on cranking out with “Feel It” serving as the ode to a relentless dance party and “Pancakes” asserting proudly what I already knew: “We are the generals.”

If you’re getting the sense that Miss TK & The Revenge may be ultimate in dance pop dominance, you’d be right. The Ocean Likes to Party Too is the perfect record for pushing out just a few more hours of neon daylight as the days get shorter and the nights just go on and get longer and longer and colder and colder.

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