Moon Bounce is the mutant-pop alias of producer, songwriter and vocalist, Corey Regensburg. Taking cues from dance music, R&B, and even the rhythmic lurch of metal, his output combines soulful melodies with jilted percussion and hyper-controlled synthesis. Obsessed with groove and occasionally on the verge of falling apart, his sonic palette has always been constructed completely from scratch.
Gaining notoriety from a slew of EPs, including 2014’s acclaimed Dress Rehearsal – the initial release from his Grind Select label — Regensburg’s ambitious compositions and cutting, self-referential lyrical content struck a chord with those looking for more substance with their beats. The music video for lead single “Shake” was nominated for The Berlin Music Video Awards alongside artists like Franz Ferdinand and Katy Perry, its depiction of a “puppet bloodbath” a jarring piece of black comedy.
Releasing a series of singles on Ryan Hemsworth’s ‘Secret Songs’ imprint as well as London’s ‘Activia Benz’ and Steve Aoki’s ‘Dim Mak’, Regensburg’s debut LP, Clean House (arriving in 2017) was adored by a fanbase chomping at the bit. Exclaim called his “confident production skills and unorthodox approach to rhythm ‘immediately striking’” and rated the record 9/10. Tour dates with Rhye, Flamingosis and Shlohmo affirmed Regensburg’s versatility as a fiercely engaging performer with the ability to win over any crowd.
Following nearly three years of silence and a battle with anxiety disorder, Moon Bounce has put the finishing touches on his much-anticipated sophomore full-length, entitled, Skip Intro. After moving to Los Angeles, marrying his favorite rapper (Cape Town’s fiery Push Push) and signing with the legendary Domino Publishing, he’s been in the room with artists ranging from Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe to Janelle Kroll (singer for Big Data). A memento of panic-ridden ruminations, Skip Intro does not shy away from difficult topics, bringing listeners into the darkness as Regensburg unabashedly confronts himself.
Moon Bounce’s signature sound is still intact and more pristine than ever; obtuse rhythms, helium-soaked vocals and larger-than-life production create an immersive environment where lyrics like “please don’t blame me if I ask you to repeat what you just said, I was just imagining what it would be like to be dead” are repeated with a cheery disposition. You might want to laugh or you might want to cry but it’s this deadpan realism that makes Regensburg’s music so relatable and anything but one-dimensional.
Ultimately, the fact that Skip Intro dares to stomp (instead of tiptoe) around these touchy subjects is indicative of how big an achievement the record is. Proudly displaying a stark tattoo of “NOTHING” across his chest as translucent slime pours down his face, Regensburg has never seemed so in his element and so ready to persevere. After all, twists and turns have always been integral parts of the Moon Bounce universe. Let’s go down once more.