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It’s always exciting, and equally difficult, to introduce a new group to the general public. How do you figure out in words what their music is and express it to receptive ears in a way that doesn’t demystify it or seeming grandiloquent? But we enjoy exploring new, different worlds, like the one RUSH WEEK offers. The duo from Philadelphia was formed in 2016 by Rachel K. Haines and the producer James Benjamin Thomas, who update the NU Disco, Soul and R&B sounds from the end of the seventies and beginning of the eighties. Their first album, “Feels”, sounds like the elegance and melancholy of ROXY MUSIC and TALK TALK, modernized with ST. VICENT, Étienne de Crécy and JUSTICE, with an irresistible pop filter that brings it closer to TENNIS’ more recent songs, and that also feeds the dance floor.

To start things off, “Feelings” breathes life into the New Jack Swing, and gives it a sense of mystery and of emotional strength, like a version of THE XX full of light. It’s just enough to express an abstract, intangible, but powerful feeling. “Stranger Danger” talks about the mysteries of the night, of fear and danger, but with sweetness and an addictive chorus, and a melody that brings us back to Cindy Lauper at her most enchanting. On “Crush”, we can see RUSH WEEK’s disco vocation more clearly, on a song that would play non-stop on the MASTERS AT WORK’s stereo, and that Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Sarah Cracknell would be thrilled to sing, just to get an idea of the range we’re dealing with. Songs like “Be Like Mine”, on the other hand, are where we can most clearly see the reality of what they’re offering: a song that can evoke a contained Ellie Goulding, the elegance of WARPAINT, a chorus that Philip Oakey would adore… And pointing out the influence of the best-selling producer Greg Kurstin makes everything perfectly clear. Or it does just the opposite. This definition is slippery, unpredictable, but always exciting. “Under The Gun”, one of the group’s oldest songs, develops the silkiness of Tracey Thorn and EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL toward poppier, more luminous territory, to narrate a journey along California’s coast.

The B-side opens with “Barcelona”, an imaginary party celebrating the ’92 Olympic Games that DAFT PUNK could have DJ’d at; a summer night that we don’t ever want to end where everyone loves everyone else and we’re having fun and dancing, dazed by the first light of dawn. “Slide” follows, slowing things down a notch; it is a song for the night and for freedom, and could have fit perfectly into the “Drive” soundtrack. “Young” takes a new turn, with beats, with a more syncopated, faster-paced base that takes them closer to the territory of Lana del Rey or Lorde. But they always have their priorities in the pop perspective and the melody, planning out emotional vengeance after one of those toxic relationships that consumes everything, the same way that the chorus of this song sets you free. “Last Dance” is an offering for the dance floor: vital, luminous, catchy, and where Nero Catalano’s participation with the bass turns out to be crucial. Curiously, the closing track, “Better Off”, comes out of the darkness, with that storm in the background recorded in New York on a rainy Sunday in November, giving the smoothness of Sade with the downtempo ambiance of LAMB.

As we said, it is tremendously difficult to describe RUSH WEEK’s music, considering that in the different songs the references jump from one decade to the next, dancing between styles and bringing us closer to the future of pop. The title of the album itself is the best definition of their music, but it there is definitely a word that can express what we can find on “Feels” and that word is “emotions”. On the surface and running high. If there are any gaps, fill them in yourselves.

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released April 6, 2018

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Track Name: Feelings
For a moment, we reveal it
Boy you know I can't pretend
Can't escape it, I get this feeling
You’re more than just a friend

Could you leave her
Would you leave her
Our love would never end
In a moment, final moment did you ever wonder when

Feels like I'm dreaming
Undercovers ex lovers
Just want my feelings
Please don’t object recover
We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye
But it's just my feeling just my feeling

Don't believe it
Did we just quit
Just another broken heart
Still we linger couldn't shake it
That the time could make a start

So we move on to another
But you'll be mine till the end
Won't forget it no regret it
One day we'll be back again

Feels like I'm dreaming
Undercovers ex lovers
Just want my feelings
Please don’t object recover
We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye
But it's just my feeling just my feeling

Feels like I'm dreaming
Undercovers ex lovers
Just want my feelings
Please don’t object recover
We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye
But it's just my feeling just my feeling

Just my feeling just my feeling
Just my feeling just my feeling
Just my feeling just my feeling
Just my feeling just my feeling

Feels like I'm dreaming
Undercovers ex lovers
Just want my feelings
Please don’t object recover
We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye
But it's just my feeling just my feeling

Feels like I'm dreaming
Undercovers ex lovers
Just want my feelings
Please don’t object recover
We'll keep on drifting one on one till the other says goodbye
But it's just my feeling just my feeling

Just my feeling just my feeling
Just my feeling just my feeling
Just my feeling just my feeling
Track Name: Stranger Danger
Forced to walk away
Powers that be, never want to stay
Attrition of the heart
They lose control, soon they will break apart
Drive all night, can't do it all alone
Rise above, right through the danger zone
In too deep, maybe we've gone insane
Mainline tears, we'll never feel the pain

Stranger danger
Just call my name, I'll do the same
It’s just stranger danger
Don't be afraid don't be afraid

We've got time on our side
Waiting for a call, emotions soon collide
Stumbling through the night
Nothing to fear, but still we prove them right
Strong enough, they'll never see us sweat
Bought and sold, but we'll never pay the debt
Carry on, right till break of day
Battlefield scars, they'll know we've got it made

Stranger danger
Just call my name, I'll do the same
It’s just stranger danger
Don't be afraid don't be afraid

We've got one chance left
Caught in the final act
Far too young, we're never going back
One chance left
Caught in the final act
Far too young, we're never going back

Stranger danger
Just call my name, I'll do the same
It’s just stranger danger
Don't be afraid don't be afraid

We got stranger danger
Six in the morning and you don't know nothing new
Stranger danger
One chance left, but this time I know we're through
Stranger danger
One chance left, but this time I know we're through
Stranger danger
One chance left, but this time I know we're through
Track Name: Crush
They all thought that I had gone crazy
Lost my mind having one of those days
Now I can't help the feeling my hearts been revealing
Ever since it began
Feels like a crush so take me on
See I don't know what to do
Won’t give it up, don't let you on
Can't believe I found you

Blonde ambition riding high and hanging tough
Play it cool is just part of the deal
Waiting on the minutes I can't believe I'm in it
I'm fallin' deeper each day
I'm fallin' deeper each day

Feels like a crush so take me on
See I don't know what to do
Won't give it up, don't let you on
Can't believe I found you

I got it bad, wild hearts they know no abandon
Days, happens so damn fast never be the same
Take it all the way tonight
Now you got me coming through

Feels like a crush so take me on
See I don't know what to do
Won't give it up, don't let you on
Can't believe I found you

Feels like a crush
Feels like a crush
Feels like a crush
Can't believe can't believe

Feels like a crush so take me on
See I don't know what to do
Won't give it up, don't let you on
Can't believe I found you

Feels like a crush so take me on
See I don't know what to do
Won't give it up, don't let you on
Can't believe I found you

I can't believe I found you (feels like a crush)
I can't believe I found you (feels like a crush)

I can't believe I found you (feels like a crush)

I can't believe I found you
Track Name: Be Like Mike
I want you closer
No I won't be afraid
Love everlasting
I won't go astray

I won't pretend I'm good at the game
Can't live without I'm going insane
I give it up now
Could you feel the same

No I'm on your side I'll never break
Save your good advice for another day
Please don't give up now, we’re face to face
Feeling stronger, I want your love

Trying hard to recreate love how we remember
Tired lines we refine, no we never surrender
See we're friends in the evening
But these looks are deceiving
I can't read your mind so give me just one sign

Just let fighters fight
We'll love until we die
Feel our faith potential
Our bodies move together
Got me here all night
Don't stop hold me tight
Listen to my heart
We could be like this forever

Why don't we just run
Can't deal with the shame
You call your girlfriend
And I'll tell her the same
Now I'm hanging on the edge of a lie
And I'm waiting on your last good goodbye
Remember love was, always stronger than pride

Trying hard to recreate love how we remember
Tired lines we refine, no we never surrender
See we're friends in the evening
But these looks are deceiving
I can't read your mind so give me just one sign

Just let fighters fight
We'll love until we die
Feel our faith potential
Our bodies move together
Got me here all night
Don't stop hold me tight
Listen to my heart
We could be like this forever

Just let me know if you want it
Be like mike, it's all I wanted

Just let me know if you want it
Be like mike, it's all I wanted

Got me here all night
Don't stop hold me tight
Listen to my heart
We could be like this forever
Always be like
Always be like
Always be like
We could be like this forever
Track Name: Under The Gun
Contrast confession of black and white
Traded for a better view
Promises I couldn't keep
That take me back, and suddenly I'm out of tune
Tonight I'm waiting by the telephone for someone to prove I’m not alone
Hang ups tend to get me down, well tell me know, did you ever really want to know
I know it's all in my head he use to say
Neon lights will fade away
Still feel the heat of the night just like a freight train
Inside I go insane

Too many years of never going far
Nowhere now got no one left to call
In too deep it's reeling in my veins
Under the gun, it always seems the same

Cruel intentions try and understand, now I'm thinking bout the southern states
Got off here in Baltimore, I made a final stand, on route one you were getting laid
Can you help me to get back again, can’t believe how long I’ve had to go
Is it too much for a little win, so let me in
Take a shot before I have to go
I know it's all in my head he use to say
Neon lights will fade away
Still feel the heat of the night just like a freight train
Inside I go insane

Too many years of never going far
Nowhere now got no one left to call
In too deep it's reeling in my veins
Under the gun, it always seems the same

I know it's all in my head he use to say
Neon lights will fade away
Still feel the heat of the night just like a freight train
Inside I go insane

Too many years of never going far
Nowhere now got no one left to call
In too deep it's reeling in my veins
Under the gun, it always seems the same

Too many years of never going far
Nowhere now got no one left to call
In too deep it's reeling in my veins
Under the gun, it always seems the same
I'm under the gun
I'm under the gun
I'm under the gun
I'm under the gun

No one left to blame
Track Name: Barcelona
Love is love love is love love is love

These days you struggle to believe in
Know love can be deceiving
But you want it to be true

From the darkness of this dreaming
This nighttime’s been revealing
But you don't know what to do

Let it go with soul and body
You never cared about the takers
The movers or the shakers

Heating up along the coastline
And everyone's been here before
But they still try to ignore

Give it up
For Barcelona
Barcelona
Giving up the game but you just can't stay away
Barcelona
Barcelona
And give in to the stars, we'll take it way to far

Cast a glance into the air

Can you see it way up there
No matter what I do
Alright you try to play along
But the feeling carries on
Don't try to be too long

For Barcelona
Barcelona
Giving up the game but you just can't stay away
Barcelona
Barcelona
And give in to the stars, we'll take it way to far

No I can't go on without it
See I've pledge my loyal allegiance
But I know that you don't need it
Let it go or let it happen
For tonight it's who we are
Let's give in to the stars

Barcelona
Barcelona

Get down turn around, you and I will never need to
Go back go back

Get down turn around, you and I will never need to
Go back go back

Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Track Name: Slide
Quiet nights
Cityscapes as we move through passing lights
Above the streets
We ascend as we rise above the heat
Time to show
We feel the rhythm, and we fight to take it slow
Head strong
We were lost, now their singing the same song

Wild hearts beat loud
It's the sweetest thing
Won't let them bring us down
Take it on the run
Give it to me, I could give it to you
We've got one chance left
Tomorrow we'll be through
Tomorrow we'll be through

Moving on
In the dark, we could hide like shadows
Fall apart
We were strong, now I'm weak without you
Counting tears
Each one, a tiny capsule
Expose the fear
That one day I would fly without you

Wild hearts beat loud
It's the sweetest thing
Won't let them bring us down
Take it on the run
Give it to me, I could give it to you
We've got one chance left
Tomorrow we'll be through
Tomorrow we'll be through

Cause time, is not on our side
While they say we’re far too young to let it slide
Saying we’re far too young to let it slide
Say we’re far too young to let it

Wild hearts beat loud
It's the sweetest thing
Won't let them bring us down
Take it on the run

Give it to me, I could give it to you
We've got one chance left
Tomorrow we'll be through

Give it to me, I could give it to you
We've got one chance left
Tomorrow we'll be through

Give it to me, I could give it to you
We've got one chance left
Tomorrow we'll be through

We've got one chance left
Tomorrow we'll be through
Track Name: Young
I know now just how to fake it
Wear a smile on your face
It don't matter what you’re thinking
Cuz it's all a wicked game

So just leave it leave it leave it leave it leave it leave it
Cuz I'm pretty damn sure you’re gonna need it

So just take it take it take it take it take it take it
Cuz you can't get back, like when we were young

I don't miss you anymore like when we were young

I get turnt up so I don't feel it
Get your drunk up so you don't steal it
Get your back back back your Friday night
Don't come back back back I'll be alright
No you won't won't wanna pick me up
Don't forget that I know just who you are
Laying back back back up in the club
And you ain't gonna win like like when we were young

I don't miss you anymore like when we were young

Don't go taking all my time cuz I don't need your world tonight
Don't go taking all my time cuz I don't need your world tonight
Do it right right
Do it right right
When we were young
When we were young

I don't miss you anymore like when we were young
I don't miss you anymore like when we were young
I don't miss you anymore like when we were young
I don't miss you anymore like when we were young

Don't go taking all my time
Don't go taking all my time
Don't go taking all my time
Track Name: Last Dance
Step up for the thrill
It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill
Give up fight the will
Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill

This is the end of the line
Might be harder to stand if it weren't by design
Pleading for a reason why
There's no words I won't say to save this goodbye
Shape up, I was too scared to show it
No more cards left to play now I'm sure that you know it
Break up, just a feeling inside
Can’t ignore anymore, better run for your life

Looking for the exit say no no no
Focus now, it'll be over soon
Step up for the thrill
It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill
Give up fight the will
Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill

Strange days that have found us
Through the years I regret that they never could drown us
Another flash in disguise
Another kiss in the mist on the base for the night
Enclosed is my heart on a chain
And the truth I don't care if we all went insane
Knowing that there's no place to hide
But the guilt carries weight in the middle of night
Deliver me from your ovations
Cuz I'm fixing all the ways that I can take em

Step up for the thrill
It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill
Give up fight the will
Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill
Deliver me from your ovations
Cuz I'm fixing all the ways that I can take em

Step up for the thrill
It's the last dance left to shoot for the kill
Give up fight the will
Hit the mark just right but I think Imma chill

Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now)
Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now)
Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now)
Give it up give it up (it's the last dance now)
Track Name: Better Off
Lost in your darkness
In rays of light
You gave me your heart
I gave you a fight

My arms surround you
I was a million miles away
Led with the teardrops
I can't feel your pain, I can't feel your pain

Take all the love that you gave back from me
You don't belong here anymore
Move on don't look back or call for me
You’re better off going alone

You say this isn't real love
You’re changing all the time
We keep hurting each other
The scars don't ever lie

If it don't mean a thing
Why'd you try and cut me down
Broke all the windows
Let the rain fall down the rain fall down

Take all the love that you gave back from me
You don't belong here anymore
Move on don't look back or call for me
You’re better off going alone

Take all the love that you gave back from me
You don't belong here anymore
Move on don't look back or call for me
You’re better off going alone

Better off you know about
Better off I thought about it
Better off you know about
Better off

Let me go, you’re better off alone
Let me go you’re better off alone
Let me go, not everything is meant to be

Take all the love that you gave back from me
You don't belong here anymore
Move on don't look back or call for me
You’re better off going alone

Take all the love that you gave back from me
You don't belong here anymore
Move on don't look back or call for me
You’re better off going alone

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