From the moment you hear the syncopated beats you are thinking some kind of 80’s dance jam ala Blue Monday or Bizarre Love Triangle is on the way. Not exactly, as the song settles in to a more chilled groove with slightly disaffected vocals – but that is kind of the charm of The Radio Dept. As the song continues, the bouncy synths invoke Royksopp and Technique-era New Order.
Occupied is the 2nd new track to drop this past week from The Radio Dept as It Looked Like Heaven (But Feels Like Hell) from the same single was available as well. It’s been 5 years since their last full length, “Clinging To A Scheme” and this is a welcome sign of things to come.