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free music friday: the slits
September 18, 2009, 9:47 am
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fmf_theslitsThe Slits
‘Ask Ma’

In 1979 The Slits released their legendary album Cut, a bracing assault of raw and experimental recordings that helped to pave the way for female-fronted punk and alternative music. Thirty years on, the band celebrate this achievement with new release Trapped Animal (October 20th, Narnack Records), their first studio full-length since 1981’s Return Of The Killer Slits. The band has been subject to many line up changes over the decades, and has at one time or another been occupied by great punk deities, for example Budgie of Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Creatures, and Paul Cook, ex-member of punk pioneers The Sex Pistols. However, The Slits’ rather erratic line up feels more like an evolution – for example, Cook’s daughter Hollie is a current member – and it is this ability to develop and evolve that makes preview track ‘Ask Ma’ sound fresh and up to date without sacrificing any of their original charm.

The track opens with an almost jungle sounding tribal percussion – a descendent of previous forays into reggae perhaps – which is soon accompanied by buzzing, contemporary sounding electro and topped off with blasts of saxophone. This multi-layered effect provides a superb build up to original founding member Ari Up’s vocal, which is infectiously clannish alongside the other members, and, when solo, becomes a tongue in cheek rant at the hopelessness of men and their baby-like reliance on women. The track is humorously feminist and so not likely to alienate the more politically apathetic listener. But more importantly it is innovative and proves the band is still more than able to provide us with novel and entertaining music. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: The Slits, ‘Ask Ma’ [via RCRD LBL]

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