RADAR: Dungeonesse

Recreating the strobe-tastic, glittering energy of a 3am club scene would appear to be high on the to-do list of Dungeonesse , a dizzying, beat-heavy new collaboration of Baltimore chums Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and John Ehrens (White Life). Marrying airy melodic hooks to some skittering drum-and-bass jolts, Dungeonesse (word play on the oft-misspelled dungeness crab) keep things frisky and sugar-coated in  Wasner's headlong sprint into breathless, can-you-keep-up lyricism. At first blush, lead single "Drive You Crazy" is ultra-light to the point of empty calories. But like the similar smart-popping R+B tip of Channy Leaneagh's Poliça, the damn thing just sucks you in and you're off on some mindless -- but ecstatic -- little joyride. "Something that Jon and I talk about a lot is the idea of reclaiming pop music," says Wasner, "placing it squarely in the hands of, I dunno, say a couple of regular nerds from Baltimore." Drive You Crazy" arrives digitally next week via Secret Canadian -- full length to follow in 2013. Watch the "Drive You Crazy" video below...

Dungeonesse - "Drive You Crazy"