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Victoria and Jacob – Victoria and Jacob

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Victoria and Jacob – Victoria and Jacob

Posted on 15 August 2013 by Joe

We’ve been left impressed by Victoria and Jacob’s debut album, which  sits somewhere between the savvy pop of Saint Etienne and the cool atmospheric music of Beachhouse.

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The pair, who formed in Cambridge and now live in London, have released this through two of our favourite labels Fika Recordings (who often give out cake recipes and teabags with their releases) and Wiaiwya (who have a fine ear for emerging UK electronica and folk acts). Their debut is full of smart, swooping pop tracks, with Victoria’s vocals wonderfully reminiscent of The Concretes former singer Victoria Bergsman. She gives the whole album a certain European quality with her vocals, especially on the first single and album highlight Festival.

What is perhaps most remarkable for a debut album is its confidence, with a consistency throughout and the sense of a band that is influenced by the likes of Fleeetwood Mac, Everything But the Girl and Saint Etienne but prepared to wrap them up with their own distinct voice. Any duff tracks? Remarkably not one and how many debut albums can you say that about? One of the best debut albums of the year.

8/10

by Joe Lepper

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It’s The Taking Part That Counts

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It’s The Taking Part That Counts

Posted on 03 July 2012 by Joe

It’s the Taking Part That Counts, a sporting themed 26 compilation from Wiawya records, is a fine showcase of new indie pop, folk and electronica music  with the ghosts of classic sporting pop greats looming large throughout.

Judo by Alexandra Festival Hall featuring Yazuyo Uemura, for example, is a wonderful updating of New Order’s World in Motion for a far less popular sport. The only thing it lacks is a Brian Jacks rap.

DJ Downfall’s Shoot It Shoot It (Hit Me Again) is another highlight, with its vintage synths reminiscent of so may late 1970s and early 1980s films, in particular 1980’s teenage tale of love and football Gregory’s Girl.

And the instrumentals such as Saint Etienne’s electro-jazz Steeplechase and White Town’s Theme for Olympic Weightlifting are clearly influenced by the likes of Vengalis and his Chariot’s of Fire soundtrack. They both work well to use music to create the emotions involved in their respective sports.

As a compilation this ticks all the right boxes, offering something new with 26 exclusive tracks, and introducing us to some exciting new artists, such as the dirty rock and roll of One Fathom Down and fine songwriting of Jeff Mellin, who features here with one of the album’s stand out tracks Hit Me!

Final mention goes to an ode to one of the UK’s more obscure sports, the school playground art of bundling, which Darren Hayman lovingly pays tribute to on  Bundle.

A fine compilation that as Olympics fever begins to take hold should be staple listening for those looking for a musical way of taking part.

9/10

by Joe Lepper

 

 

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