Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
Full Sunken Breaks
Dental torture. A tree full of clockwork oranges. Animatronic heaven, computer-generated hell...
between broken teeth, or the cheery root-canal aesthetic of the title track, it should hit your viscera like abattoir machinery. Yet it's actually relaxing, enjoyable even. Likewise, Paradinas' wicked knack of appropriating beauty and turning it ugly - in much the same way as the millionaire who recreated Venice in Vegas - is an illusion that's all too familiar. Like the sci-fi freak who knows their SFX, you're impressed that the live wires are so well-concealed on the jaunty walk-in-the-park lilt of 'Another Fresh Sound', sated by the sound of Kazumi (vocalist on last year's single 'The Fear') being slowly microwaved on 'Dirtwah', pleased that the harp ripples of 'Otdok' suddenly crash and crumple into flash apocalyptic horrors - but never shocked, startled, appalled. Bearing in mind Paradinas looks like a man you'd cut open to find a tangle of circuitry and a pair of pivoting glass eyeballs, you guess that was the point.
There's still excellence here, it's just now when Paradinas shows his true colours, you've already got the matching accessories. The fear, unfortunately, is no longer one of them.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin