Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mutya, Keisha, Siobhan, Music, At, Last

Mutya Keisha Siobhan’s new album has been gestating longer than a baby giraffe. This either means (a) it'll be brilliant or (b) it won't. [You can't put a price on insight like that - Ed].

There's no way to tell how it's all going to pan out, because we've got nothing to base our opinions on. The list of collaborators is simultaneously hooray (Dev Hynes, MNEK, Richard X) and handle with caution (Cameron McVey, Shaznay Lewis, William Orbit – all great, but with poor track records of late).

Still, there is hope, and that hope comes in the shape of a song. Posted by Dev Hynes on his Soundcloud page earlier today. It's seemingly a throwaway track, a new melody performed over the instrumental to Kendrick Lamar's Drank (Swimming Pools) - similar to how Freak In Me was constructed 11 years ago. "The girls felt like having a bit of fun at the end of the last session," wrote Hynes. "Enjoy!"

There's a moment around 2'30" into the song, just a simple piece of backing vocal harmonising, that just kills. The rest of the song is more perplexing – the tune's only ok, and the stoner R&B vibe is a bit disappointing, harking back to Mutya's solo aspirations more than the sultry pop brilliance of the Origibabes.

The main thing, as Popjustice pointed out, is that it shows they’re capable of finishing a song. Let's hope this is the trickle that proceeds the flood.

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