When you’re from Sheffield you can cherrypick your influences and still sound like Sheffield. That’s why The Long Blondes have suddenly morphed into The Human League in full-on ice-disco mode and sound all the better for it. ‘Century’ is such a departure from anything they’ve ever tried before that it’s hard not to be impressed. Kate Jackson’s newly adopted dispassionate purr makes this sound like a sexy robot’s seduction technique, albeit one suffering a disturbing meltdown halfway through and screeching “WHITE! BLACK!” at you until you give up and go home. Kids, this is phenomenal.
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