New Order have already cemented their influence in hip-hop. You can hear it from the paranoid drones of El-P’s latest record, to the chart-climbing pop-syrup in the Benny Blanco beats that help establish rappers like Wiz Khalifia. Now, Cities Aviv seems to be channeling the band’s breakout single on his latest track “Forever.” Like “Blue Monday,” “Forever” is deep personal anguish masquerading as a club banger, both led by a throbbing kick drum and simple synth loops, though “Forever’s” short length means the dancefloor won’t stay packed for long. Perhaps an “extended club mix” is in order? It’s a smart and sincere toast to the gods, and by the time the ghostly echoes lead the song out, you’ll be revisiting the synthpop gods for yourself.
Back Pleasure, the new mixtape from Cities Aviv, is out November 13th on Mishka Records.