Chris Glover, is the creative mastermind and sole member of the New York-based indie dance pop sensation, Penguin Prison. Initially, Glover developed an international reputation for a series of remixes including Darren Hayes’ “Talk Talk Talk,” Elle Goulding’s “Starry Eyed,” Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” and Marina and the Diamonds’ “I Am Not a Robot.” And with the release of original material, starting with his debut EP Animal Animal/A Funny Thing and his self-titled full-length debut, Glover’s profile expanded exponentially as he’s received praise from renowned publications such as The Guardian, NME, BBC Music and others.
Glover has been very busy over the past year as he has released two singles and an EP – “Calling Out” last October, Calling Out: The Remix EP last December and his latest single, “Never Gets Old” last month. “Never Gets Old” is a slickly produced track comprised of Nile Rodgers-styled funk guitar chords, throbbing bass and layers of cascading synths and cymbal-led percussion paired with Glover’s seductive cooing. Listening to the track reminds me of quite a bit of Wham! and of George Michael’s solo work; in other words, sonically, it seems to os to owe a debt to the synth pop of the 80s.
Now, if you’ve been following JOVM for some time now, you may be familiar with the Buffalo, NY based duo of Solidisco. Comprised of Matt McGurn and Don Skotnicki, the duo have received attention across the blogosphere for remixes of work by The Knocks, Mystery Skulls, Icona Pop, and their own original work. Recently, Solidisco remixed Penguin Prison’s “Never Gets Old” replacing the funky guitar and bass with layers of cascading, shimmering synths, hard-hitting bass and cowbell and pairs it with Glover’s cooed vocals. Some sinuous bass is added towards the end for good measure. Interestingly, the Solidisco remix turns an 80s inspired synth pop song into a sleek, futuristic and glittering ode to the dance floor.