DJ-Producer Simon Dine and chanteuse extraordinaire Daisy Martey have teamed up to create Noonday Underground. This London-based group has everybody talking. Influences by Stax-soul, the Beatles, De La Soul and The Left Banke the album feels warm and familiar but retains a sense of the new. An album that could only have been made in the '00s, it's vital and vibrant and as Time Out New York says it exists in a universe where "everybody understands the ending of Blowup and manages to look cool dancing the Swim."
Built in Berlin and mixed in London, Self-Assembly is the new work of former Adventures In Stereo music maker Simon Dine. One can hear some of the sensibility of the first AIS album on Self Assembly. After he split from that group, Simon relocated to Germany and spent two years tinkering with equipment and making the most of an abundance of eastern bloc sound snippets. He returned to the UK with a suitcase full of breakbeats dosed with antiquated reverbs where he hooked up with Daisy Martey who added her distinctive vocals and occasional lyrics "("Rolling Stone is on the phone/I'm tax exempt, my money spent", she sings on the truly swingin' "London." With a jigsaw of noises and a great singer Simon has been piecing together the Noonday Underground sound ever since.
Named after a Tom Wolfe essay about 1960s mods dancing on their lunch break in a London club called the Scene, Noonday Underground also sounds great on headphones while having a solitary sandwich in one's cubicle. Everybody tap your toes.
"They aren't shy about their influences, yet maintain a subtle dignity and sparkle…it's not about referential duplication but jubilant rejuvenation. Think Jefferson Airplane meets David Holmes-only better"
"Smashing…looped hooks of retro-style psychedelic pop tunes…that immediately burrow into your head."
- Alternative Press
"The impression is of a knowing sophisticate tampering with the textures of dance, pop, and soul…masking late-night music to chill to."