“Take a chance with me, it will be alright,” sings Los Angeles-based Ryan Marshall Lawhon, a.k.a. Mating Ritual, in the title track of How You Gonna Stop It? Vol. 1, the first of two installments of his new album. The Phoenix-esque dance-tastic tune, in which Lawhon relays the ups and downs of the modern dating landscape, immediately sets the tone for the album, which was recorded over a two year period in various garages, apartments, studios, and even on a cruise ship. “Much of this record I’m grappling with the significance of the small worlds we create for ourselves in the grand scheme of the universe,” he explains. “When does self love become narcissism? Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Does it matter?”

Heavy bass grooves and driving percussion served up on an electrified, synth-y platter with a side of sass—Lawhon calls it post-genre-pop, we call it fantastic. Give it a spin:

Purchase How You Gonna Stop It? Vol. 1https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/how-you-gonna-stop-it-vol.-1-ep/id1189006233

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