‘R’ is for Ronika

22 Sep

Here at Alphabet Bands, we believe that we deserve another Bank Holiday, Monday 3 October to be precise; and that it should be renamed Ronikaday. Why would we suggest such a seemingly stupid thing? Simple, one of the UK’s most exciting new pop stars, Ronika, is releasing her latest EP, Only, Only / In The City, and we feel it is only right that the day she begins her ascent to global domination* be celebrated.

Hailing from Nottingham, Ronika has already been dubbed the ‘Madonna of the Midlands’, which does a disservice to both really. Madge was never as downright groovy as Ronika, and for all her eccentricities, Ronika is unlikely to ever strip off with Vanilla Ice for a book.

Her music is manna from disco-synth heaven. Reminiscent of the very best 80’s electro pop, but rather than make you want to wear suit jackets with gargantuan shoulder pads and the sleeves rolled up, these tunes were made to make you dance. As well as behoving you to cut shapes, there is a simplistic infectiousness to Ronika’s sound that will not only weave its way into your biological make up, but that also belies the intelligence and heart used in its craft.

Naturally there will be some who will scoff and claim that she is just an 80’s rip-off merchant. To those naysayers we simply say; ‘Ronika has not so much ripped-off a genre of music from the 80’s; more she has travelled back in time, imbibed the very essence of underground disco-pop and returned to make it something fresh and new for the 21st century. Besides, she’s way skill’.

The EP is out on 3 October and you can see the video for “In The City” below and “Only Only” on NME.com.

* By Global domination, we mean critical and chart success. We are not suggesting that she is some crazed megalomaniac, hell bent on taking over the world and enslaving us all to program beats for her new tracks. Though we wouldn’t put it past her.

6 Responses to “‘R’ is for Ronika”

  1. rumpydog September 25, 2011 at 00:46 #

    It’s got a nice beat and you can dance to it 🙂

  2. Stretch October 1, 2011 at 16:36 #

    Listening to her tracks is like going over the rainbow…cept without the annoying little people and evil witches….

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