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WORK DRUGS | Aurora Lies

Work Drugs releases its first pofficial LP release, “Aurora Lies”. The group says this album was “written while taking the scenic route from the Keys to the Baja of Mexico by sailing around Cape Horn” while enjoying Chilean wine. It sounds like it. The first track, “Flying Zambo”, is a chilled and relaxed track calling up images of the silver screen. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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November 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

WORK DRUGS | Ice Wharf

Philadelphia’s Work Drugs are in love with the summer season, and it’s a good thing too. It’s what gives their smooth-fi tracks a golden shimmer. The duo of Ben Louisiana and Thomas Crystal have posted a new five-track EP, featuring the jangly pop beauty of “Ice Wharf”, along with a live versions of that song, “Sunset Junction” and “Rad Racer”. A remix of “Rad Racer” ends the record. You can stream the album at bandcamp. The live tracks were recorded at The Fillmore in San Francisco in April of 2011. – David D. Robbins Jr.


Work Drugs “Ice Wharf”

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June 25, 2011 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

WORK DRUGS | Sunset Junction

I’m always looking forward to a new track from Philly’s Work Drugs, the crystalline smooth group featuring Thomas Crystal, Benjamin Louisiana and the occasional vocals of Joan Wellfleet. “Sunset Junction” is a slower gear than previous singles, “Rad Racer”, and the disco-influenced “Third Wave”. It’s more in the vein of “Dog Haze”. This new song is a drifting getaway to the tropics, with its dreamy island sways, pretty backing vocals, keyboard, and lovelorn lyrics: “Somebody told me, the answers were in my mind / Next to the reasons, and under the love we hide.” It’s a romantic excursion into the land of hypnotic. Update: The band says this is the first song they ever wrote. Watch new video here. — David D. Robbins Jr.


Work Drugs “Sunset Junction”

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March 6, 2011 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

WORK DRUGS | Rad Racer

So far, count Work Drugs three-for-three. The Philly wonder band released a new single, their third song this year and it’s another seductive wave of smooth dream pop. Soft vocals sing of a nighttime venture of dreams, love, and intoxication: “Lusting the pills that send us to the sky / Now the lights are changing and taking us for a ride / I’m a rad racer, big city chaser, / Runnin’ away with you tonight.” You’ll hear the inclusion of soft female vocals and whispered phrases from Joan Wellfleet within the textured-reverb male vocals. It’s a great song. Their previous track, “Dog Haze”, was a song about unseen forces. This one is about becoming that unseen force. You can download the track at the band’s bandcamp page. Click on the song link below to get there. Click on the band name above and go to their official website. – David D. Robbins Jr.


Work Drugs “Rad Racer”

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February 6, 2011 at 4:28 am 1 comment

WORK DRUGS | Dog Haze

It’s no wonder Philly’s Work Drugs have released a new song seemingly about the pull of invisible forces — because their new track, “Dog Haze”, has that same effect. It’s an elegant immersion into liquid-smooth reverbed textures, with spoken-word vocals overlapping high falsetto, soft percussion and light synth. The trio of Benjamin Louisiana, Thomas Crystal and Joan Wellfleet have created a seductive wash of chillwave that hinges around the aphorism, “It’s so easy to fake what’s easily sold.” – David D. Robbins Jr.


Work Drugs “Dog Haze”

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January 9, 2011 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

THIRD WAVE | Work Drugs

NEW VIDEO: Benjamin Louisiana and Thomas Crystal are Work Drugs, a chilled-out duo based in Philadelphia, who’s song “Third Wave” seems perfect for the sun, the beach and kicking your heels up on a vacation. – David D. Robbins Jr.


Work Drugs “Third Wave”

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