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Love and Politics Collide, Danceably

Enemies Like This

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  • Song: "Enemies Like This"
  • Artist: Radio 4
  • CD: Enemies Like This
  • Genre: Dance-Rock

On its fourth full-length album, the New York band Radio 4 (named after a Public Image Limited song) returns with an excellent mix of politically charged post-punk dance-rock inspired by Gang of Four, The Clash and a healthy dose of '80s new wave. The group comes by that distinct sound without ripping off its forebears or contemporaries, so the result sounds at once classic and modern.

Radio 4 returns with a mix of politically charged post-punk dance-rock.

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Singer Anthony Roman has said that he wanted to prove that "a political song could be a love song in disguise, or vice versa," and his band achieves that effect nicely on "Enemies Like This." A sleek, drum- and bass-heavy single, the song benefits immeasurably from new guitarist Dave Milone's biting contributions and the tight production of Jagz Kooner. It's a raw, emotionally charged track, with smart lyrics laid over funk riffs and deep, pulsating dub grooves — as thoughtful as it is danceable.

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