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Casual Sex - 'Bastard Beat EP'

Tom Tom Club-worthy female vocals slip-slide into this taut and funky mix of tracks

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7 / 10
The Glasgow four-piece of Sam Smith, Edward Wood, Peter Masson and Chris McCrory have just got back after time on the road with Franz Ferdinand, and with a name like Casual Sex the quartet are a good match for Alex Kapranos’ pop provocateurs. The music on the ‘Bastard Beat’ EP fits the bill as well. ‘Then Again’ is full of the kind of haughty glamour last seen in a band like The Long Blondes, and ‘Nothing On Earth’ aims for a creeping Roxy Music-style seduction with Tom Tom Club-worthy female vocals slip-sliding into the taut and funky mix. ‘What’s Your Daughter For?’, meanwhile, is the sordid sound of Mark E Smith swanking around a high-class brothel – which is something you didn’t even know you needed in your life.

Leonie Cooper

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