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kap bambino: zero life night vision (2008)
August 27, 2008, 2:25 pm
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Kap Bambino
Zero Life Night Vision ••
Alt < Del

The notorious duo that numbers Kap Bambino originally released this album in France in 2006, so there’s a slight air of old, hand-me-down jumper about this release. You know, like the old zip-up cardigan your mum made you wear in the ’80s. Nothing old cardigan about the music though: Zero Life Night Vision is more electro-punk meets sex meets a bloody-minded racket. If the Kap were an item of clothing they might be a sweaty day-glo thong, the kind that really chafes.

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sally shapiro: remix romance vols. 1 & 2 (2008)
August 19, 2008, 10:42 pm
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Sally Shapiro
Remix Romance Vols. 1 & 2 ••••
Paper Bag

The relentlessly breathy synths on Remix Romance – previously available as two separate volumes and now as one luscious whole – are so lullingly hypnotic that it’s easy to overlook what Sally Shapiro is actually singing. That’s not to say you should. Shapiro is narrating some compelling, accessible stuff (viz. “The first time that I saw your face on a cold December night
 / it was a Tuesday on a gig with a band that we both liked”). These songs are short stories, short on clichés too. They’re stories told uniquely from a girl’s perspective, which is ironic given that they were written by Johan Agebjörn, her production partner. Meeting some random bloke on a night out and falling hopelessly in love, the highs, the lows, the disappointments…you get the picture.

Like the Italo disco influenced album containing the originals from which most of these reworkings spring from, Remix Romance is an atmospheric collection. As Morgan Freeman’s character said in the recent move ‘Gone, Baby, Gone’, “Everybody’s looking through their own window” (on life), and Shapiro provides prime real estate for a view from the window of every wistful indie girl.

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ida corr: one (2008)
August 15, 2008, 2:05 pm
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Ida Corr
One •••½
Hed Kandi

Okay, so everyone who’s been clubbing or even poked their head outside their front door during the last year or so has probably heard ‘Let Me Think About It’, Ida Corr’s ubiquitous collaboration with Fedde Le Grand. And good fun it was too. So, has the Danish diva got anything else up her sleeve?

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