United by "the boredom of an overcast city going through the indie rock motions," and "a common goal for things bigger, better and more colourful," MAY68 formed with aim of being the antidote to Manchester's musical malaise, but may just take the world too.
"My Ways" is their debut single, and a perfect introduction to their groove-driven, good-time electro-pop. With its call-and-response vocals shared by uber-cool singer Jude Wainwright and French-born drummer/singer Camille Bertin, it concerns a failed relationship started in a club and it's a modern disco-edged electro hit-in-waiting: fast paced and fun to dance to.
On the B-side of the 7", "The New You" is space disco at its best, layered with cosmic synths, house piano, searing guitar and a bongo-beating percussion section. Completing the digital EP is The Duke Is Dead, remixed by hotly-tipped Mancunians Egyptian Hip Hop.
Named after an explosive month in French history some 40 years before they formed, MAY68 took inspiration from the French situationists when plotting their own revolution - to overturn the Manc music establishment in favour of the little-represented electro scene. "Our plan was to try and unify the best elements of dance music and pop music to create something fresh, warm and exciting, that would inspire people and make them dance," they say.
Collectively coming from Sheffield, Paris, Runcorn and Bradford, the five members (completed by Owen Manns on bass, Matt Dutton on synths/ percussion and Jonny Sture on guitar /synths), each bring a little something to the party.
Since forming, MAY68 have toured with We Have Band, supported Delphic, The Juan Maclean, Glass Candy, were the band on industry lips at the In The City conference this year and featured on the Pure Groove 3 new music compilation. Their next step is to take their music to the cities that informed their sound: Berlin, New York, Paris and, er, Sheffield. "We love doing what we do and want as many people as we can reach to join in with us," they say.
Camille Bertin - drums/vox Matt Dutton - keys/percussion Owen Manns - bass Jonny Sture - guitar/vox Jude Wainwright - vox/percussion