MIMS, Happy Mondays, Savath & Savalas

MIMS
Music Is My Saviour
4/5
Shawn Mims’ rags-to-riches rapping and production is less bombastic but just as hot as his NYC namesake Shawn Carter (Jay Z). His debut has a phat minimal sound (Miami’s Blackout Movement assist on production duties), and plenty of unexpected twists: King Crimson samples (‘Doctor Doctor’), and an appearance from ragga MC Junior Reid.
ipod essential: This Is Why I’m Hot

Brian Platt
Eleven Steps
2/5
Unintentionally hilarious (very Gervais) but undeniably passionate secular MOR from black leather jacket clad Christian rocker Brian Platt. Full of those purposefully ambiguous Christian ‘love’ songs : ‘I’m looking away from the lies and turning towards truth/Knowing that only your love is strong to carry me”. Is he singing about a girl or Jesus?’.
ipod essential: Straightline

Happy Mondays
Uncle Dysfunktional
5/5
With a new generation of indie dance acts presently riding a wave of critical approval, baggy pioneers Happy Mondays time their return impeccably. Bleary-eyed genius Sean Ryder is now clean living (reputedly), but can still dial up his ecstatic nonsense whenever required: ‘It’s good to press my tits against the floor’ he sings on opener ‘Jellybean’. Vintage stuff.
ipod essential: In The Blood

Savath & Savalas
Golden Pollen
3/5
The music of Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73) has a tendency to sound better on paper than on your stereo. As Savath & Savalas, the pace barely shifts above a drift as he seeks to combine ‘interesting’ art music with a latin/Balearic feel. You can let it all wash over you, but equally it bears a closer listen.
ipod essential – Ya Verdad

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