The Exits - Neon City
Owain Paciuszko 29/07/2009
Portsmouth's The Exits debut single Neon City sits alongside four remixes of itself on this release which precedes their forthcoming album. The original version of the track is an indie-electro song with shades of Verve Pipe and The Music in its fast-paced, lyrically limited three minutes. Though a competently put together single its so speedy and shiny as to sound more like a party you're not invited to than a possible indie dancefloor hit.
The remixes do little to change the feel of the track into something that'll win you over. Stretching it, distorting it, burying it, whatever; there's no real sense of reinvention here to rival something like Soulwax and, if you're not a fan of the track as is, you're probably not going to want to hear a five minute version.
There's also a b-side called You Gotta Help Me Out that treads ground familiar to the lead track, with a slightly Elastica-ish juxtaposition of riff and electro for good measure. It's actually a better track than the tentpole of this release, a little more fun in its restraint, rather than totally relying on an onslaught of sound that served to only clobber the listener rather than impress.