We were full-on obsessed with a band called Night Engine in 2012, and after witnessing them channel ‘Fame’-era David Bowie in milestone London venues like The Social and The Borderline, we were wholly convinced that their unabashed funk pop was going to muscle into social consciousness. It never quite took flight in that pocket of time, but fast forward five years and Phil McDonnell, Dom Brennan and Lee Jordan are now under the guise Artificial Pleasure – once again cutting glam-tinged records that make us want to don something glitter-spangled and get loose on an LED dancefloor.

The title track from the London quartet’s evocative new EP, ‘Like Never Before’, is a hip-shaking delight on par with their previous work, melding Talking Heads‘ grooves, Prince‘s funk odysseys and Franz Ferdinand‘s art pop with aplomb.

Artificial Pleasure play The Hope & Ruin as part of The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on May 19th. You can find a breakdown of all ticket types for The Great Escape 2017 listed on this page.