Sunday, 7 March 2010

Jon Freer’s Singles Reviews: March 2010 Part 2

Class Actress - Journal Of Ardency (Something In Construction)
There’s a million acts out there trying to reap rewards from the synth pop cash cow, but few do it with the zeal and vigour of Class Actress. Fuzzy synthetics, laidback beats and memorable vocals combine on the awesome Journal Of Ardency.

Mavis - Revolution (DarkStarr Remixes) (Bitches Brew)
This groovy number from the Mavis project has been remixed by Cosmo and Ashley Beedle’s DarkStarr project and features vocals from Candi Staton, one of the most emotive singers of our time. Staton’s empowering vocals that make you want to stand up and be counted feature here alongside a charming strings, guitars and keys combo.

Bonobo - Eyes Down (Ninja Tune)
Bonobo has created a broken soul masterpiece here alongside vocalist of the moment, Andreya Triana. Stepping percussion and a full bodied bassline provide an excellent springboard for Triana’s slightly masked vocals.

Mustang - Chameleon Circus (Gomma)
Guitars? Check. Synths? Check. Spacey electronics? Check. Mustang make dreamy future disco that is personified by the shimmering title track on this EP. A notable mention must also go to the calm yet deadly On Mercury.

Teenagersintokyo - Peter Pan (Back Yard)
Strong indie synth vibes exude from this brilliant outing from the misleadingly monikered Teenagersintokyo. Peter Pan is an angsty effort, full of screwed up guitars, smart beats and embittered vocals.

Acrylics - Molly’s Vertigo (Something In Construction)
NY’s Acrylics show what happens when you get completely lost in your emotions. Molly’sVertigo charts turmoil over smooth guitars and poised drums.

Way Out West - The Gift (Deconstruction)
Almost a decade and a half after its original release, Way Out West’s unashamedly poppy yet awesome summer anthem resurfaces. It’s WOW’s own touch up that does it justice, courtesy of a fatter low end section and extra percussion that allow the timeless keys and vocals to shine through.

Midnight Star - Midas Touch (Remix) (Bstrd Boots)
DJ Platurn and Kat010 give Midnight Star’s early 80s classic a softer rejig for organic floors. Live percussion and dreamy keys do the work alongside the magical vocals on this cool revision.

Sleazy McQueen - Deep Blue Voodoo EP (Deepfunk)
For this LA based imprint, the funk is locked up inside grooving house and discoid material. McQueen’s Fantasy explores dreams and desires over shining keys, and touching guitars. Love Bandit (You Stole My Heart) is a tale of romantic woe where emphatic beats and fizzy synths feature.

Black Soul Strangers - The Haunting (Squeek)
This Dublin based four piece craft touching guitar driven songs that are perhaps not a world away from their predecessors, but BSS have a special something. The Haunting features deliberate guitars, sharp drums and emotion dripping vocals.

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