Julio Bashmore and Hyetal Return as Velour, Ready New Single

Image via Velour
Image via Velour

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.