The Daily Choice: John K. – Lost In The Beat
There’s a hint of Daft Punk’s Aerodynamic at play on John K’s “Lost In The Beat.” I can remember being in airplane over the Atlantic Ocean with an old friend and hearing the strains of “One More Time” through a pair of shared headphones, and thinking “Wow, this just rides the line of 80s homage and actual music.” And then sitting with the album for days and days and days in the muggy heat of Cairo, realizing that this transcended laudable imitation, this was near perfect, skewed pop music.
John K., especially on “Lost In The Beat” rides a similar line. There’s a hint of the recently deceased Michael Jackson floating in the ether, ironically enough, floating about with a musical number pulled directly from the tail end of an after-school special. It’s cheeky, cheesy even, but listen to it again, and again and again, and the layer of irony falls to the side, and in the middle there’s a stone of talented originality.
Source: Chocolate Bobka