Tuesday, 26 July 2011

WILTT - 26/07/11


An unfortunately uninspiring journey to work soundtracked by Wynter Gordon and Nadia Oh. If you haven't heard of Nadia Oh, you may remember her as the sing song speak voice taunting eeriely on Space Cowboy's massive electro house juggernaut "Egyptian Lover" way back in 2006. Y'know, if you still have a Now 65 compilation or whatever, or one of the first Clubland CDs which probably has it on. Anyway, she's the robotic voice of future dance crazes to come I fear, flirting shamelessly (and explicitly) with Moombahton on "Taking Over the Dancefloor" and dirty 2 Step on "Amsterdam". I can't decide whether her (I say "her", even Britney has more presence on "Femme Fatale"!) record "Colours" is brilliant or appalling.

Luckily, on the way home I introduced myself to what is quite possibly one of the best records I've heard this year, even though it's actually from 2008. Wild Beasts' "Limbo Panto" is the most startlingly OTT record, unpredictable jazz-infused chord shifts and an irresistible, not to mention deliriously camp falsetto from their sickeningly talented singer Hayden Thorpe, lace their indie rock/baroque pop hybrid with a uniqueness that is frankly unignorable. 

By far their most immediate record. the composed and simmering "Smother" sounds like a walk in the park next to this crazy yet damn gorgeous thing. Lyrically, I have yet to delve further, but I heard "Cock and balls" at one point, and the lyric of the album has got to be "take these chips with cheese as a peace offering". Only Thorpe could make that sound elegant.

Track of the day?

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