Sunday, 16 November 2008

The Shortwave Set – Glitches ‘n’ Bugs

The lead track on the single is an edit of Glitches ‘n’ Bugs, which is reminiscent of the ice cool glory of Black Box Recorder. It sounds like the band is tramping triumphantly along a gravel path, a tireless journey to reach the end, but one that is hard work. Somehow they manage to make this sound very cool indeed and effortless. Homesick is a beautiful slice of trip hop, some elegant scratching going on too. They cover Grace Jones’s Slave To The Rhythm in an electronic despair fashion, but it’s not a patch on such a fine original unfortunately. The Mungolian Jet Set remix of Glitches ‘n’ Bugs is not bad, but seems to rely heavily on late eighties baggy beats and is overlong at more than nine minutes. The Marshmellow Mike Remix is much better, it bounces nicely with the vocals much more to the fore in the mix, nice and crisp and even.

Glitches ‘n’ Bugs is released on 8th December on Wall Of Sound
The Shortwave Set myspace is here

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