The Ting Tings are back, boys and squirrels! Back in the late naughties the quirky pop duo ruled the charts with naggingly catchy monsters hits like ‘ That’s Not My Name’ and ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’ before trying their hand a more ‘alternative’ sound with follow up record ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’. Now the guys are back with brand new album ‘Super Critical’ and, as usual, MP! is here to give you all the best bits…
First off… is it all Serious Face and ‘edgy’?
Most definitely not. This is a full on disco pop album with shades of Daft Punk, Pharrell and old school funk pioneer Nile Rodgers (ask yer mum) thrown into the mix. It’s a perfect melting pop of laid back grooves and full on dancefloor stompers to get the party started and we luuurve it.
Are there any tunes as immense as ‘That’s Not My Name’ or ‘Great DJ’ on there?
Not exactly but there are a handful of tracks that come very close. ‘Communication’ is a light and bouncy pop song with fizzy synths and slap bass floating over tight guitars and topped off with lead singer Katie White’s breezy vocals. Current single ‘Do It Again’ is also quite the toe tapper and kind of like the older, sexier sister of ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’.
What about some outrageously zeitgeist-y, on trend horn or brass sections?
2014 has been quite a ‘horny’ year (ooh er) so far – just ask Cheryl and Ariana Grande – and the criminally funky title track goes hell for leather in that department, building from a sparse, minimal beat into a total party jam with a brassy refrain which practically forces you to shake that money maker. We have no control over our derrieres with this one.
Best track on the album?
‘Failure’ without a shadow of a doubt. Clearly saving the best ’till last, this is an unashamedly frothy and addictive slice of dance pop with a strong Kylie influence and a chorus we imagine would work very well in a cheer leading routine. If this isn’t a single we will eat our imaginary hats. *waves pom poms enthusiastically*
Best thing about the album?
At only 9 tracks, it’s short and sweet! While we love a good bonus track or two, sometimes it’s good to just whack 9 or 10 amazing tunes and forget the filler, and The Tings Tings have done just that. No track is wasted and each one is guaranteed to worm it’s way into your brain after a few listens. Well done, guys!
‘Super Critical’ is out on October 27th and new single ‘Do It Again’ is out right now so get on that shizzle pronto.