Song of the Day: 79.5 “Terrorize My Heart (Disco Dub)”
New York-based sextet 79.5 has been making a eminently danceable noise in the Big Apple since their first single “Boogie/OOO” was released on Jenkytime Records in 2012. Bandleader Kate Mattison shares three-part harmony with two bandmates backed by a versatile band that knows its musical history. Sliding easily between disco, pop, psychedelia, and folk wrapped in an indie aesthetic, 79.5 are “sometimes literal and light hearted, sometimes abstract and esoteric.”
“Terrorize My Heart” was originally released in September 2016 and received heavy DJ support across the US and even overseas from international tastemaker Giles Peterson. Now available in a thumping, DJ-friendly disco dub version produced by Leon Michels for his own Big Crown Records on glorious black 7″ vinyl. And with a bounce remix by local underground hip-hop/R&B producer Tall Black Guy on the B-side, this is a must for the 45 box. And with their debut full-length, Predictions, just released, 79.5 are going to be a band to watch grow outward and well beyond their NYC home.
From an April, 2018 show write-up at the New Yorker:
This slow-paced, psychedelic outfit is a regular headliner at C’mon Everybody, a pleasantly snug bar, bordering Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy, that’s always good for a night of music that you wouldn’t hear anywhere else. The six-person ensemble, named for a radio station at the far left of the dial, relishes in four-part girl-group harmonies; the cooing choral arrangements on its 2012 twelve-inch “Boogie/OOO” sound like Donna Summer and Evelyn (Champagne) King playing a Steve Rubell club. After a fan-sourced funding campaign, the band is still polishing its début album, and, with little recorded material released, its precious new tunes may be best experienced in the flesh.