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Annie & Richard X

Annie – A & R EP

Anyone brave enough to use @annieponannie as part of their twitter handler deserves closer attention. Annie is not the most prolific of artists since coming to prominence in 1999 with the single The Greatest Hit; she has only produced 2 albums; Anniemal (2004) & Don’t Stop (2009); judging by this pattern a new studio album may not be with us until 2014, so as to bridge the gap we have the A & R EP.

The lead track is the aptly titled Back Together as Annie has again teamed up with Richard X, who was responsible for chewing Gum and I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me. Back Together is an excellent composite of the best rave tunes of the 1990’s brought right up to date, it even comes with a funny chart show style video. If you thought the song sounds Little Bootsesque you would be spot on as Little Boots co-wrote this track; Annie + Richard X + Little Boots = pure pop perfection in my book.

Hold On is reminds me of a combination of Break 4 Love and Italo house. Annie’s seductive vocal urges us to Hold On as she is here to take the strain.

Ralph Macchio is a sweet song about the actor who placed the Karate Kid. Annie lets us into a secret that she has never told; Ralph Macchio was her Romeo. Never let me go Ralph Macchio – sings Annie over the backbeat of a Chicago house track, I half expected Paris Grey– to interject Good Life on this track!

Invisible- is slightly harder & darker than the previous 3 tracks. A pumping industrial opening gives way to a familiar house sound. This track would not be out-of-place on Disclosure’s album Settle.

Mixed Emotions is a track that grows on you with each listen, it could be a lament to lover & also a realisation to Annie that she wants more out of this relationship than her partner does.

For those of you old enough to remember, the A & R EP distills all the best parts of he Deep Heat collections, which came  out in the late 80’s- and early 90’s, into 5 pop dance nuggets that will keep hs satisfied until her next studio album.

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Late Night Boots

Little Boots – Nocturnes (Album)

If Little Boots is correct then deep house is the future if not then Little Boots are behind the times, because Little Boots have served up a veritable feast of commercial deep house and disco, together with a few songs which sound a tad dated but with a beefy remix could hit the dance floor if not the charts.

The gestation period of Nocturnes is close to two years as Shake appeared online in November 2011; Everyday I Say A Prayer, one of two collaborations with Andy Butler of Hercules And The Love Affair & probably the best track on the album, appearing online in February 2011.

Broken Record, the current single, is no such thing as it fizzles along nicely, Confusion is reminiscent of Sueno Latino, Beat Beat is a joyful romp of a song and on All For You; Andy Butler takes Little Boots down tempo to good effect.

It’s hard to see where another top 10 single will come from, not that Nocturnes is a batch of un-commercial songs, but they sound more suited to late night radio. As a friend of mine commented, if some of these tracks were given to a well known Australian chanteuse, then they would probably end up being number 1, that said, if their recording career stalls then Victoria Hesketh might want to consider writing songs for other artists a la Cathy Dennis.

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