A month or so ago while bored and browsing Facebook i came across a status update from Johnny Neon mentioning a new project being launched. The name of the project is Prada. It features Johnny Kotze (Johnny Neon) and his friend Yannick Ilunga (of Popskarr fame). In truth it doesn’t stray far from the type of synth gold that both alter egos are famous for but this is no bad thing. The trademark Johnny Neon voice remains only this time he’s ably assisted by Illunga’s smooth vocals. It’s electro pop heaven.
My favourite Johnny Neon track has and always will be “Laserkill”. I usually try and slip it onto any playlist i make. I love everything about it. The snaking synths, the upbeat lyrics, the bleeps and THAT lead melody line that almost takes the role of a second voice as it sweetly gloops all over the track. I went to the bother of sitting down with my guitar one drunken night and learning every little note of it and converting it into a playable guitar line. It sounds amazing with the delay pedal. But seeing as i’ve already posted “Laserkill” before then i’ll stick something else in here. As for Illunga and Popskarr, well i’d never really heard much of them until i caught notice of a few tracks that popped up on electrotrash a while back. It’s a site i started following when i first started getting into Johnny Neon about 2 and a bit years ago.
As i mentioned before the first song from Prada doesn’t veer far off the musical path that Johnny Kotze and Yannick Illunga so majestically tread but why fix something if it’s not broken and who cares when it’s this good/catchy/uplifting. If it was released a few months earlier we’d have easily been looking at it being the anthem of the summer.
It started off life being titled “Lagoss” before being mastered, tweaked a bit, lengthened by about an extra 90 seconds and completing it’s transformation into “Regerde Moi”. Both are available for free download below.
MP3: Prada – Lagoss
MP3: Prada – Regerde Moi
You can keep up to date and “like” all stuff Prada on their facebook.
Well we’re on the subject of Prada, the fashion label not the Neon and Ilunga concoction, i remember a few years ago hearing that Cassettes Won’t Listen had scored the soundtrack for a Prada commercial. Here’s the vid.
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