Archive for June 16th, 2006

June 16, 2006

WHITEY – Wrap It Up (CD Single)

Wrap It Up CoverMarquis Cha Cha CHACHA010CD: 14th April 2006
1. Wrap It Up
"You may well say, how could this happen to you, you may well ask, but you may not like the truth"
2. I Made Myself Invisible
"Walkin' around, opening their mouths, putting things in, letting things come out"

I seem to remember my brother raving about this single when it came out.  For some reason I didn't get myself a copy when it was released.  Well, I've got one now and he was right, it's fantastic, so if you can still buy it, I suggest you do.

'Wrap It Up' has an absolutely pummelling Drum sound, dissonant electronic noises, pulsating Bass and shouts of "Get Even!".  It's like Beck guesting on a track by LCD Soundsystem (Yep, it's that good).  'I Made Myself Invisible' is the sound of paranoia, with a Bass line borrowed from Dr Who.  It's like Beck making a track with Eels (Once again, it really is that good).

Click here to watch the video for 'Non Stop' on YouTube.

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Marquis Cha Cha Website / Marquis Cha Cha MySpace Page

June 16, 2006

THE RESEARCH – The Hard Times (CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

The Hard Times CoverAt Large Recordings FUGCD015 / FUG015 / FUGX015: 5th June 2006
1. The Hard Times
"There's a narrative about that song, they were friends and then it all went wrong, they say one was fast and one was strong"
2. When I'm Lonely Who's Gonna Care?
"I started believing the things they implied, they said that she came and went with the tide"
3. Before The Summer Dies
"I wanna domesticate his wondering eyes, I wanna be as close as summer nights"
4. Black, Black Magic
"And God forbid, she ever did, the unthinkable… I can't even think of it"

'The Hard Times' was a B-side to The Research's finest single, 'The Way You Used To Smile'. It's very good, but couldn't they have released something new as an A-side? Anyway, it's a wonderfully bouncy, Organ driven tune that you won't be able to resist.

'When I'm Lonely Who's Gonna Care?' is a lovely Country influenced nursery rhyme. 'Before The Summer Dies' has the same gleeful use of bad language as "Don't Marry Her' by The Beautiful South with the chorus "I wanna fuck, before the summer dies". It's also sounds like The Velvet Underground, but the Velvets on Smarties rather than Heroin. 'Black, Black Magic' is gentle acoustic ballad that reminded me of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of 'Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World'.

Here are links to watch videos of 'The Hard Times', 'Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same', 'The Way You Used To Smile', 'C'mon Chameleon' and 'She's Not Leaving'.

The Research Website / The Research MySpace Page