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Vanity Police Makes Audiences Dance with ‘Chapter 1’

By Margaret Adams

D.C.-based techno duo, Vanity Police, has released their explosive new LP Chapter 1. The duo, consisting of electronic DJ and producer Tommy Tranq and singer-songwriter Sidney Riley, have officially initiated their collaboration with this seven-track album; this is the duo’s first official, full-length project together after collaborating on the re-versioning of Riley’s smash hit, “Exposure.”

Created almost entirely digitally during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new project was the product of a coffee meeting between the two musicians at Dunkin’ Donuts; it then turned into demos being passed back and forth that would eventually become a truly collaborative effort in the toughest of times.

The first track, “Darkness,” opens up the album to a wonderful start, with incredible use of hypnotic beats. “Follow Orders” is the first song to deviate from the incredibly high-energy pattern the rest of the songs follow; it’s a bit darker, with interesting vocal manipulation. “Down in the Mud” is a personal favorite, as the duo utilizes clear R&B influences in the production. With the influences that both Riley and Tranq have, Vanity Police has succeeded in making this album full of music that compels the listener to move.

“It was kind of like two head chefs in the kitchen, each adding different ingredients to a huge pot on the stove, taste testing it throughout, and finishing with something we both thought was a good blend of delicious music that spoke to each of our styles,” said Riley on the process. 

Chapter 1 is available on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and YouTube. Check out “Down in the Mud” below. Follow our Alchemical Multigenre Mixdown playlist for more great music featured on the site.

Margaret Adams, Contributing Writer at Alchemical Records

Margaret Adams

Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.

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