Pop genius or novelty whimsy? Both, in equal measure, and pretty damn spiffing with it.

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Cuban Boys : Cognoscenti vs Intelligentsia

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Cuban Boys : Cognoscenti vs Intelligentsia

Coming on like a satanic [a]Aqua[/a] for their major-label debut, Casiotone situationists [a]Cuban Boys[/a] marry double-quick happy

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to an unnervingly catchy sample of a yodelling chipmunk. But the shimmering trance-rock ballad ‘Fluorescent Beamdreams’ and the scrambled Speak & Spell robo-funk of ‘Data Crime’ reveal this geographically scattered quartet’s less obviously chirpy side, indicating a wider agenda than mere cartoon pisstakery.

Pop genius or novelty whimsy? Both, in equal measure, and pretty damn spiffing with it.

Stephen Dalton