"London, quieten down!/I need to make a sound..."
Okay, just to show that I do listen to my readership (Hi, mum!) and I'm not just a token obscurantist, here's something that, by complete coincidence, I did actually buy in the specials rack at HMV (see: comments, at bottom)
, Yeovil, a couple days ago:
Apologies to Chris Lowe (no, not that
Chris Lowe! Sorry, but gotta keep these runnin' jokes runnin'...) of Acorn Records
, but the 12" was only (*sob*) £2.99, so it was what you might call an "impulse purchase" (see! this how easily these corporate bastards trick you into parting w/ your hard-graft'd money!)...
Gotta say that I thought the MIA album was pretty bloody boring, but I've been really loving the 12inchers, which probably says a lot about her choice of collaborators/remixers. Here, DaVinChe
("Get Cracking, Get-get-get Cracking!") supplies a lard-arsed synth-bass; sloppy/choppy, slightly damp-sounding snaresplash, stroppy-but-strident horns and a naggingly-familiar DX7-ish digital-string flourish. And on the other side, MIA quite rightly pays tribute to DJ Malboro
, by getting him to transform the track into a feisty Carioca-flava'd slice of Retro-Electro Rave. As cheesily-obvious as a flashback to '94, but infectious nevah-the-less.
UK Pop Hit of the summer (after Rachael Stevens
There's a second 12" remix, but, really, do I have to wipe yr flippin' arses for you, too?
£2.99 from HMV, but steal it, or buy it from a small independent record-shop. Unlike me.