I've been listening to of guitarist Mike Stroud and multi-instrumentalist/producer/synth extrordinaire Evan Mast — produce some top notch rocktronica and have released three solid full-length albums on XL Recordings — Ratatat (2004), Classics (2006) and LP3 (2008).
The duo's sound is mostly instrumental, save for when they're remixing someone else's song (like their sick redux of Bjorks Wanderlust), or when they're trying to create a mood, like in LP3's "Flynn," which has a breezy, tropical feel and ascending, Beach Boys' style backing vocal samples. Atmospheric layers of sound effects, ethereal guitar solos and warped riffs are scattered throughout, but Ratatat really excels with hip-hoppin beats and funkin' grooves that make you want to bust a move. Even when the music falls into a lazy, melodic, pop-a-Xanax amble, youll still find your head bobbing.
Ratatat has earned quite the rep for energetic live shows marked by synchronized lighting and video projections, and if you are a fan of any sort of electronic music, this is a show you don't want to miss. opening for Ratatat is solo hip-hop artist/rapper Despot and drum-and-bass trio Tussle. Fri., April 10, The Ritz Ybor, Ybor City, $18 in advance/$20 day of show.