Late Night Jamz is an ongoing feature dedicated to newly discovered tracks that are sure to get stuck in your head. Uncovered in the wee hours of the evening just before bed after a long day of work or play, these are the gems that make the adventures in finding music so enjoyable. Tonight’s track is Restless People’s “Victimless Crime.”
I stumbled across this upbeat little ditty from the depths of Self-Titled Magazine‘s Twitter account. For some reason, the name “Restless People” caught my attention and I decided to track down some of their tunes. Even though The Fader found these guys back in April, it appears as if their party hasn’t even started. And that’s a real shame.
With only a couple of tunes under their belt, Brooklyn’s Restless People will be an act to listen out for. I’ve only just uncovered their single, “Victimless Crime,” and already I’ve played the song more than my usual threshold can take.
Is it earth-shattering? Hardly. Is it good? You bet. The track features one of the most inventive takes on reggae this side of the Atlantic (yeah, the Brits are kind of ruling that area with dubstep and whatnot), and man if that opening bar doesn’t get stuck in your head from the get go. The song doesn’t ask a lot, but for you to just take a load off, get into the moment and freaking dance. Though there are sonic similarities to Southern glo-fi-ers Toro Y Moi and Washed Out, there’s a certain aural clarity and energy to “Victimless Crime” that the former acts lack. And that makes the Restless People’s tune infinitely playable, repeat upon repeat upon repeat play.
What’s the future hold for Restless People? Who knows. But when we’ve got something like “Victimless Crime” available at a moments notice, the immediate future will be filled with one great jam.
Restless People – “Victimless Crime”: