Thieves Like Us – Play Music

Thieves Like Us formed in Berlin in 2002 as a DJ project, and credit their decision to make original music to their dissatisfaction with the electronic music scene they experienced there. Having already scored a minor underground hit with their ode to excessive partying in pursuit of happiness, “Drugs In My Body”, and a couple of EPs and a 12 inch of ambient instrumentals under their belt they have just released their first long-player of proper songs with Play Music.

As you might infer from their name (adopted from the 1984 single by New Order) their sound is heavily influenced by new wave, synth-pop, post-punk and seminal electronic artists (think Suicide, or Kraftwerk only not as quirky as the latter). The album’s eleven songs are characterized by repetitive programmed hooks and minimal arrangements that are more atmospheric than dance-inducing, which ultimately make for one cool record.


— Rachel Jean Harding