The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin
Ladytron : Sugar
Alien scousers come good
Ladytron have served their time in the darker regions of the chart goldmine. If cult-classic ‘Seventeen’ and the chilly thrills of the splendid ‘Light & Magic’ got overlooked in the retro scramble, the times have slowly caught up with their analogue ennui. ‘Sugar’ brings with it everything required for a hit in 2005. Synths squelch for mercy; tinny drum machines provide a Berlin-via-Betelgeuse rat-at-tat rhythm and the lyrics (“If I get the sugar/Will you get me/Something illicit/Temporary”) sound suitably druggy without ever veering into Kills daftness. Add the fact that they still look like sulky space-sirens forced to work at Boots and you’ve got final proof that being ahead of your time just means you need to stay still for a while. If there’s anything better to be playing on your iPod while you pedallo toward the G8 Summit as part of Geldof’s floating flotilla, we haven’t heard it.
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Eight tracks of harrowingly stripped- back and intense dance music that’ll have you stomping your feet in no time
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