domingo, 18 de octubre de 2015
Excelent review of my new single in an inglish magazine...http://flipsideflipsidereviews.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/singles-round-up-october-2015-review.html
Cathy Claret - Solita por el Mundo - ★★★★★★★★☆☆ It's been a while since breathy chanteuse Cathy Claret graced our senses with her bright and breezy hybrid of traditional Spanish rhythms and Euro-pop, this Solita por el Mundo is a very welcome return. Previous single Chocolat was insanely catchy and Solita is more of the same, recalling early hits Porque Porque and Loli-Loita. Formerly part of the Les Disques du Crepuscule stable in the late '80s, early '90s, Claret's path has remained true to music though perhaps not with the same successes. However, Solita is terrific fun. A little bit Francoise Hardy, a wee bit St Etienne and a smidgeon of Nouvelle Vague thrown into the Spanish pot makes this a belated summer winner. An album is scheduled to follow. Public Image Limited - The One - ★★★★★★★★★☆ Easily the most memorable and likeable song from recent album What The World Needs Now, The One is dedicated to John Lydon's devoted wife Nora and it shows. This is Johnny crooning sweetly and this is PiL delivering their best single since Rise - in fact, it's similar in a few ways, namely the stomping beat and deft drumming, not forgetting the inclusion of a ridiculously catchy guitar riff and delta-blues style harmonising. Hands down, it's a winner and deserving of it's vinyl format issue. There's also a etched 7" due out for another album-track, namely the perky Bettie Page. But The One is the one. SOTM. Cathy Claret - Solita por el Mundo - ★★★★★★★★☆☆ It's been a while since breathy chanteuse Cathy Claret graced our senses with her bright and breezy hybrid of traditional Spanish rhythms and Euro-pop, this Solita por el Mundo is a very welcome return. Previous single Chocolat was insanely catchy and Solita is more of the same, recalling early hits Porque Porque and Loli-Loita. Formerly part of the Les Disques du Crepuscule stable in the late '80s, early '90s, Claret's path has remained true to music though perhaps not with the same successes. However, Solita is terrific fun. A little bit Francoise Hardy, a wee bit St Etienne and a smidgeon of Nouvelle Vague thrown into the Spanish pot makes this a belated summer winner. An album is scheduled to follow. Rustie - 160 Hospital Riddim - ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ So what do you do when you're laid up in hospital with diabetes and bored out of your nut? You knock one out, of course. That is, you knock out a tune. And then you share it with everyone on Planet Earth for nowt. That's dedication people and Rustie returns to the greatness of his debut album on Warp for this two-minute tech-step jingle that does more in its short life than an entire Avicii box-set. Pump your fists and wish him well on his Soundcloud page here. After which you can then cop a free download of it. Holly MacVe - The Corner of my Mind (Demo) - https://soundcloud.com/holly-macve - ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Mark my words, Ms Macve is going to be in a few year-end lists by 2016 if this one lone song is anything to go by. Currently available as a teaser on her Soundcloud page, her recently-inked deal with Bella Union should ensure she garners the right attention at the right time. Her voice reminds me of Paula Frazer (of 4AD's one-offs Tarnation) and has a certain (sorry for this) Americana feel to it, the soundtrack to dusty lonesome towns in the mid-West etc etc.. Look, just give it a listen and remember where you read it second (after Bella Union). Carmel - Sad Situation / Second Wife Blues - ★★★★★★★½☆☆☆ It's been way too long since one of the UK's most underrated vocalists graced us with her trademark tonsils of joy. Two new tracks, both different and each harking back to an era when music was music. Sad Situation is a mid-paced soul-pop number that has the usual Carmel vocal gymnastics, a smooth easy-going backdrop and a melancholic edge, while Second Wife Blues is perhaps the most vociferous and adventurous. It's a big-band romp with some hefty Hammond organ, soaring sax and vocal harmonies a-go-go. Not strictly a blues song per se (it's more of a soul number), Second Wife Blues is the equal of Bad Day and other classic singles. More, more, more, please. Hurricane 1 - Think of the Sunshine - ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ And it's back to the '90s with the forgotten sons of epic Britpop. Formerly one of Creation's main contenders and formed by Ride's former guitarist Andy Bell, before he left for Gay Dad and Oasis, Hurricane 1 were always on the cusp of greatness yet rarely fulfilled everyone's expectations. Oasis and Blur monopolised the Britpop scene for too long before Bell and co briefly wowed their peers with Step Into My World and the like. With the scene long gone, will the world be bothered about Hurricane 1 in 2015? Think of the Sunshine is certainly reminiscent of earlier material (as well as, dare I suggest, the Gallaghers circa Definitely Maybe) and is a jaunty fist-pumping anthem brimming with optimism. You'd have to have a heart of mud not to feel slightly brighter in the mind after hearing this. Kodiak Deathbeds - Against The Wind - ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Taken from their super self-titled debut-album, Against the Wind ISN'T a cover of a Bob Seger song. Instead it's a charming slice of Americana gone electric with pretty harmonies that recall Alela Diane, First Aid Kit and The Pierces, refreshingly minus any thumping drums. The song's simplicity ultimately becomes its complexity with light and dark nuances and the kind of melody you'd crave for on a chilly winter's evening. Have Kodiak Deathbeds sorted out a UK tour proper yet? Zomby - Let's Jam 1 EP / Let's Jam 2 EP - ★★★★★★★★☆☆ / ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Two separate 12" issued on XL Recordings that serve to highlight why Zomby's presence in electronica is just as important as, say, Burial or Richard James. Most of Let's Jam 1 is all about Surf with three versions ranging from the insistent mid-paced tech-house Surf 1, the pounding portentous Surf 2 and the filthy tweakin' 'n' peakin' Acid Surf which sounds like A Guy Called Gerald orgying with Josh Wink in a fug-filled opium den. Well, it could happen...! Let's Jam 2 is perhaps a little more like the Zomby we've come to know - Neon is an absolute brain-splitter that sounds like an arcade game theme tune for some dystopian alien shoot-em-up, while Bloom and Peroxide recall his With Love period on 4AD, complete with cascading synth droplets and skittering beats. The prettiest piece here is Xeon (or Xenon, whichever) which continues in a similar vein to Glass Ocean and the like. New Order - Restless - ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Finally after a month's worth of airplay, the lead-off single from the highly-acclaimed Music Complete appears in physical formats. The CD single (with limited slipcase to store subsequent singles) features six mixes of Restless while the emerald green vinyl 12" houses just three. The Gareth Jones extended version (both formats) adds little in the way of a remix, more a restructure and additional instrumental passages that emulates the album version, while the Andrew Weatherall mix builds and builds without really doing much, other than pulsate ominously and produce a nagging groove that mirrors some of drummer Stephen Morris' own remix work from recent years - motorik and insistent, it's damned good. The other versions play to the strengths of technology with xxxy being the most adventurous in the beats department.