Just when you’ve finally got That’s Not My Name out of your head, the Ting Tings return with a swanky new single. Wrong Club definitely switches up the game we’ve come to expect from the power pop duo. Gone are the punchy verses, Katie’s biting sing-rapping, and shout along choruses. Instead, the group has hopped on board the Soul Train.
Let’s face it…Disco is back. It dominated the pop charts for Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, and now everyone seems to be trying to churn out the next big Disco-Pop club thumper. Seeing the Ting Tings hop on board is a bit of a let down at first, but when the groove takes over, you’ll soon realize that it’s all good.
Katie’s smooth vocals hit their stride at the very first note, instantly reminding us of many classic disco divas. She may not be belting out huge notes, but her soulful delivery is like ice crea for the ears. The song’s instrumentals also take us back to the 70’s, with a heavy dose of funky bass lines, smooth keyboard riffs, and yes, fucking cowbell! The combination of nostalgic vocals and vintage instruments definitely make this song a piece of throwback gold.
However, the title is almost too appropriate. It’s going to be hard to find a club to blast this song at. It lacks the pop appeal of bigger disco inspired hits, and is likely to fall somewhere next to Karmin’s “one hit wonder” solidifying I Want It All. It’s quite unfortunate, because when it comes to disco, Wrong Club is easily one of the best jams of this century.
Final Score: 4/5