Pixel Grip "Heavy Handed" LP
Limited run of 250 on 140g black vinyl. Comes with Lyric sheet insert.
Heavy Handed feels like getting in on Chicago’s best kept secret. Rita Lukea, Jonathon Freund, and Tyler Ommen developed their debut LP over the past two years recording at Decade Music Studios and playing tirelessly at venues like Thalia Hall, word of mouth underground electro dance parties, and on festival stages. Rita opens the album singing “So come on baby walk through the door / I meant to let you in”. With Pixel Grip’s Heavy Handed it’s a synthpop paradise beyond heaven. Rita’s dynamic, boundless voice guides Jonathon’s lush analog synth arrangements and Tyler’s tight, irresistible drum grooves to form a sound that transcends any one place or time. Heavy Handed melds Chicago house, French electronica, and Hi-NRG while Rita dazzles with strong, clean pop melodies dipped in eroticism which at times boil over into ecstatic otherworldly babble. “Soft Peaks” is perfectly at home being played at a European discotheque, and “Diamonds” makes them a perfect pair with bands like Little Dragon or Holy F*ck.
Title: Heavy Handed
Artist: Pixel Grip
Format: Limited edition LP and Digital streaming worldwide
"Heavy Handed is their debut LP, and it’s a stunner. Not only do Pixel Grip have an ear for that aforementioned marriage of sugary hooks and shadowy analog synths, but they have an able grasp on Chicago musical history, nodding to the dreamier side of house music (“Body Like That”) and the poppier side of Wax Trax (“Can’t Compete”)..."
-Jes Skolnik, Bandcamp
Photos by Diana Bowden and Maren Celest