Though released in 1987, it’s well within the realm of possibility that at some point in say, 1984, Manhattan-based film Wall Street‘s antagonist Gordon Gekko (as played by Michael Douglas) would have worked in a towering building in Midtown, thus making him able, after a long day of the hustle and bustle of Wall Street trading, to head down to Plato’s Retreat on West 34th Street. When listening to the July 28 released two-track release “The Tower” / “Plato’s Retreat” from Velour (the side project of Bristol-based Englishmen the funky Julio Bashmore and the ambient, yet shimmering sounds of Hyetal), the idea of Gekko leaving the office, picking up a Madonna-lite starlet at Danceteria and heading into an over-debauched evening at swingers paradise Plato’s Retreat comes alive.
“The Tower” glistens with a sweaty post-disco energy, hi-hats, an undulating bassline and echoing vocal sample moving with the pace of the ultra-nervous and newly cocaine-high streets of a city in the midst of unhinged madness. “Plato’s Retreat” feels more seductive, the techno-meets-disco/electro feeling like neurotic, cold and unfeeling sex in a dark, filthy room, the participants both unaware and uncaring about their surroundings on the brink of sunrise outside. The soundtrack of an American era that centered around a tunnel vision focused on an unyielding devotion to excessive behavior, this release is set in a mood and feel and does well in exploring its dark emotional content.