Jake Shears Invents ‘Sinister Dystopian Dance Pop’ w/ Newest Track ‘Meltdown’
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With The Strokes returning, Nick Zinner making enigmatic soundtracks, and now new music from Jake Shears, we must admit we’ve been at maximum 2003 nostalgia. But the ever fantabulous Scissor Sisters frontman actually reached back quite a bit further for his groovalicious new single “Meltdown”—a preview of his forthcoming album, due later this year.
The title might give the impression that he’s filing a musical report on our current socio-political situation—but it was instead fired up by our new global warming reality, which has been heating up our cities like never before. Indeed, he recalls, “I wrote it on the hottest day of the summer in New York City.” And 2019 was pretty bloody hot.
He lyrically offers the ominous warning…
“This is the dawn of Hades
This is the end of times
I do my best for baby
Don’t need no, no warning signs”
Perhaps more importantly, it’s a slinky homage to the late disco legend Sylvester…with a wink and a nod to The Purple One thrown in for good measure.
“Sylvester has been a major vocal and spiritual touchstone for me,” he explains. “You can also hear sprinkles of Hot Chip, Cerrone, Prince and The Presets. ‘Meltdown’ is a hint of the Sinister Dystopian Dance Pop to come. Let’s call it the SDDP for now. Whatever the case, get ready to put on your boogie-hooves.”