Singles and EPs – December 2014
Featuring Jacques Greene, Tuff Love, Simple Minds and Hector Bizerk
This article is from 2015.
Now a staple of the LuckyMe stable, young Montreal producer Jacques Greene here delivers another EP led by a track with an unmistakably upbeat tone. It rests first upon a swirling, welcoming house riff which reminds of none other than steel pans being bashed out, before hitting an insistent synth sound which is lovely and expansive, although maybe a little lightweight. The sparse, beautifully broken funk of ‘1 4 Me’ suggests a full album of Greene’s work would be useful context.
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In a year when the Vaselines returned to the fray, it’s interesting to note that Glasgow finally appears to have alighted upon their closest musical descendants in female duo Tuff Love. Following their excellent ‘Junk’ EP earlier in the year, the pair are here in delivery of a five-track mini album which features a sublime piece of Californian psych-pop in the already-released ‘Slammer’, the loose punk-pop of ‘That’s Right’ and ‘Cum’s lazy grunge drawl.
Tuff Love launch the ‘Dross EP’ at Nice ’n’ Sleazy, Glasgow, Fri 6 Feb.
Taken from the recent 16th album Big Music, this cover is a tribute to the late Michael Been, the original composer of the song for his band the Call in 1989. It’s a prime stadium anthem of the kind the Minds used to belt out at the dusk of the 1980s, soaring along on Jim Kerr’s raw tub-thump of a vocal, although those who have recently rediscovered this group’s sublime earliest years won’t find them recreated here.
Simple Minds play the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 7 Apr.
In the year Scottish hip hop came of age, this five-track EP is lyrically razor-sharp and musically interesting, from the tenderness of the Indian-influenced title track and ‘A Pearl Paints a Thousand Pictures’, the crunching state-of-the-city polemic ‘People Make Glasgow’ and a cappella Referendum post-mortem ‘Eton Feast’. Yet it’s Liz Lochhead’s presence on ‘Trouble is Not a Place’ which deserves headlines, the song’s crunching industrial tone dedicated acidically to those who were ‘programmed not to gie fucks.’