Pnau "Wild Strawberries"

Pnau 'Wild Strawberries'
Anyone still going on about Paris being the nucleus of electro, house and synthy goodness… well, they would indeed be correct, thanks to the indefatigable Ed Banger and Kitsuné, but sights need to be set on Australia’s escalating scene. We all know Aussies love to have a good old drunken time, so it should come as no surprise that the Modular label is making plenty of headway with their home-grown acts like Cut Copy, the Presets, Muscles and hopefully one day soon, the Avalanches once again.

As I mentioned yesterday, Ladyhawke is another of the label’s burgeoning superstars, and right there by her side is collaborators Pnau (Nick Littlemore and Pete Mayes), who surprisingly aren’t on Modular — yet. Pnau aren’t exactly new; they released their debut album, Sambanova back in 1999, 2000 and umm… 2001 again (that’s what not clearing your samples gets you), as well as second album Again (a fitting title) in 2003 and last year’s self-titled effort, self-released through iTunes featuring Ladyhawke on a tune called "Embrace.”

Recent single "Wild Strawberries” was co-written with super-producer Feadz (Mr. Oizo, Uffie), and if there was ever a campaign to bring rave back, well, this frantic banger is just screaming for some jacked up teen with glowsticks to wig out to the slamming beat and that neon-blazing synth pitch slide (a 21-year-old Liam Howlett would be proud). The inane lyrics, which’ll have E freaks suckin’ on each other get even better with the video. As great as this would sound in a jammed warehouse, it feels almost essential to watch the berserker video featuring a mad-for-it cannibalistic strawberry eating his own kind, breaking and freaking to the rousing anthem. (Don’t miss out on the great time-wasting videogame over at the Pnau homepage.)