8bit Heart by Simon Curtis is pure pop genius. (It reminds me of Frankmusik and a hint of Mr. Hudson). It is quickly becoming one of my favorite pop records of the moment. It is pure unadulterated electro-pop, with nerdy, yet naughty lyrics about a robot boy looking for love. Some of the tracks sound straight from the late 80’s/early 90’s (“Don’t Wanna Be Alone”), while some sound more contemporary (“My Diablo”). The album has 13 songs, including an intro, an outro, and a phone conversation intermission. The tracks all have killer hooks and chorus, each song is catchier than the one before.
There is a nerdy-robot theme throughout the album, including some video game sounds in the naughty track “Joystick”, that also references Atari, GameBoy, Genesis, and Nintendo 64. In the barbershop quartet sounding track “8Bit Heart,” Simon hits some really high notes as the song intensifies.
The song “The Dark” features Jay-Z and his rap verse from “Encore”. The track “Beat Drop” is very contemporary and I can imagine it on the radio today. “Tell the DJ drop the beat, don’t play some motherfuckin’ band,” Simon says on the track.
In the super catchy “Diablo”, Simon sings, “Here’s the thing, yeah we started out friends, but this not a Kelly Clarkson song…. You’re the devil, you’re a filthy piece of trash. Gotta brush you off my shoulder, gonna let you kiss my ass”. Seriously, all 10 songs on the album are very impressive pop tracks, and did I mention that it is FREE.
In the title track, “8Bit Heart”, Simon sings, “Is it so, so wrong to love? Baby is it so, so wrong to love?” And I say no, it is not so wrong to love the album. It might be wrong if you didn’t.
Download your FREE copy by visiting Simon Curtis’ website. Seriously, all 13 tracks, FREE.