Past Midnight is the perfect name for a band making such music. As the name suggests their music evokes the early hours of club culture, sitting neatly somewhere between the big, more obvious throwaway dance tunes and the chill-out to follow. It is the sound of dancing on the beach as dawn breaks, the end of the party when you don’t want to head home just yet and the drive back from a quality night out with friends.
This Netherlands pop duo have created a sound which combines accessibility with subtlety, it grooves when it wants to but uses changes of pace and shifting musical dynamics to create a strange and intricate musical journey. If the usual club sound is one of obvious bombast and simple, contagious beats and the chilled after show tune is more about soothing ambience and undefined washes of sound, Past Midnight is the bridge between the two, the vital step between the blast and the bliss and as such are probably the important musical glue which holds an evening together. But like most heroes, unless you draw attention to just how important such an act is, they can often go unnoticed but give it time, I’m sure a lot of people are about to notice them very soon.