L.A. duo Poolsideâ€™s debut album Pacific Standard Time was a highlight of 2012, soundtracking countless laidback hangouts in sunny spots around the globe. As summer approaches once again, the daytime disco outift return with the first taste of their long-anticipated follow-up LP. â€œIf We Make Itâ€ is just as lovely and languid as prior Poolside tracks, but with perhaps a bit more of an emotional thrust. The song plods along on a slow, heavy kick-snare pattern that recalls Sky Ferreiraâ€™s recent hit â€œEverything Is Embarrassing (produced by Dev Hynes, of Blood Orange fame). â€œIf We Make Itâ€ demonstrates the duoâ€™s ample pop songwriting chops (Filip Nikolic played bass in the chart-topping Danish electropop group Junior Senior before moving to LA, while bandmate Jeffrey Paradise fronted influential electroclash act The Calculators). At the same time, it also reflects their groove-building experience as DJs and their love of glistening, space age cosmic disco production. The track has a hushed yet euphoric introspective quality that recalls romantic 80s pop ballads from the likes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Thompson Twins â€“ high praise in my book.
â€œIf We Make Itâ€ will be featured on the â€œScion 10 Series Music Release,â€ a compilation celebrating the California labelâ€™s tenth year of life. A full Poolside album is due out sometime this fall.