On her third album, the former Nickelodeon star sheds the cute popstar image, adopting a message of empowerment that rings true
Get a Gitane clamped between those gold teeth, baby, it's time for some jazz drum'n'bass: [I]niiice[/I], as they never say down [B]Metalheadz[/B]....
Last year's underrated debut from Talvin Singh showed up Harrow's mentor Jah Wobble to be the hippy bore everyone secretly suspected, Singh proving that a global music outlook, modern sense of the spiritual and fuck-off beats could fuse in a non-goatee'n' cheroot kinda way. Erring more on the side of the Wob, 'A Positive Sweat' nonetheless emits occasional soulful blasts; Amanda Ghost's commanding purr on 'Sleep Tonight' is, for once, complemented by the bleating horns, while current single 'Go On' is a compelling breakbeat slow-burner, building up to a percussive climax free of the usual jazz sheen.
But it's not enough to save an album that revels in a schizophrenic mood of supposedly cutting-edge dynamism and affected '50s Noo Yawk loucheness. Less Chet Baker, more 'Baker Street'.
A smarter and more mature film than the first Bad Neighbours, albeit one that still loves a good dick joke
A satisfying return to Verve form that’s also a churning maelstrom of death, riots, revolution, terrorism and two-faced politicians
Oscar Scheller’s been compared to Blur and Elastica, and that sounds about right
Medium-sized guests and the vibey sounds of tropical house combine on an album that's not quite euphoric