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L.A. Unheard: Hot as Sun's synthesizer sizzle

May 4, 2011 |  2:07 pm

Hot as Sun

Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.

The band: Hot as Sun, an L.A. duo by way of Mississippi and New York City.

The sound: With music driven by '80s invention the Omnichord and a sonic plate full of supersized drum and synth sounds, the girl group evokes Kate Bush at her first fake ID rave. Though Hot as Sun’s “Come Come” and “Only a Woman” are John Hughes montage-ready, the musicians go back even further on “New Town,” with plonking keyboard chords and filtered vocals that sound like the Supremes throwing a dance party with the Strokes.

The details: Hot as Sun self-released its self-titled, self-produced EP in November. The duo will bring its sure-to-surprise live show (watch out for go-go dancers) to the Satellite on Wednesday night.

The rest: Download single "Come Come" and stream the band's EP in full at Brand X.

-- David Greenwald

Photo: Hot as Sun’s Jamie Jackson, left, and Deborah Stoll make retro electro magic on their debut EP. Credit: Cha Cha Lounge photo booth