domenica 1 agosto 2010

Brassy "Got It Made"

Mamma mia se me lo ricordo il can can che si era sviluppato intorno ai Brassy, e non credo sia dovuto solo al fatto che in pista ci fosse la sorella di Jon Spencer. La verità è che avevano smosso in modo molto gustoso le acque con dei singoli decisamente accattivanti, che facevano muovere, ballare e saltare al ritmo di pop, chitarre grintose e richiami all' hip hop, insomma un mix furbetto che di solito fa sempre centro. Questo è il loro esordio. E mi piace. Si Si. (2000 Wiiija Records)

Brassy's immediate claim to fame is that they're led by one Muffin Spencer, younger sister of blues-strangling, pants-on-fire rock reverend Jon Spencer. And anyone picking up Got It Made in the hopes of hearing a family resemblance won't be disappointed; with a wink and a snarl, Muffin shoots down inflated egos with the same swaggering, hey-baby-I'm-in-charge strut as the elder Spencer. (They must have played King of the Hill a lot as kids.) And, like her bro, she's fond of shouting her band's name; "No Competition" declares "No-THING can com-PETE with the B-R-A-double-S-Y!" Musically, though, she's running a different show, leading her London-based band through an elastic, sampladelic blend of rock and electronic hip-hop that owes much to Luscious Jackson and the Beastie Boys but distinguishes itself with catchy repetitions and Muffin's call-and-response vocals with her band mates. ("Who stole the show?" "We stole the show!") The CD as a whole is a bit short on actual songs but unrelentingly fun and funky; you'll appreciate Got It Made at your next unstoppable 2 a.m. party or long drive to a hot beach. (Lisa Gidley -

Finally! The word "anticipated" is an understatement when applied to this, the debut album from Brassy. How long have we waited?? Anyway, finally it is here and, quelle surprise, it rocks.
The CD has been released as a limited edition and, from our scouting about, seems to be quite a rarity. We checked several Virgin Megastores and HMVs and not a few independents and no-one had heard of the album, which is a real shame. Maybe somebody wants Brassy to be a cult. Who knows.
The first track, No Competition, gives a broad pointer to what we expect, full of Jonny Barrington's scratching and the distorted vocals of the inimitable Muffin Spencer. Parkside' doesn't quite carry the enthusiasm of Brassy's infectious live set, but all that matters little when Work It Out follows it, introducing Stefan Gordon's garage guitar-playing, complete with huge riffs.
Various tracks from the first three singles/EPs appear in their original forms, so Work It Out, I Can't Wait, the punk anthem Good Times and I Gotta Beef all rock. You Got It and That's The Way also get feet tapping and arms flailing. A coda is made out of B.R.A.S.S.Y. which might have been left out and, for reasons I can't quite understand, Secrets has been left off the album. This track is something of a turn-of-the-century take on Great Balls Of Fire, so to find that the album is without it is a shame. You'll have to get the Bonus Beats EP to hear it. New track Nervous, however, makes up for this big time. Curiously, this is the track which leans most towards punk and away from hip-hop. So take a listen to track 11.
A gem of punk and hip-hop fusion then, with Jonny alternately spinning and scratching, drumming and sampling, Karen Frost with her ludicrously large bass screeching gurrly backing vocals over Muffin's distorted rapping and singing and Stefan laying on the guitar riffs in a funky kinda garage way. It all adds up to a concise (17 tracks in just over 40 minutes) album of fun, energy and personality - three words that describe Brassy just perfectly. (Michael Hubbard -

Brassy è una combo di Manchester formata dalla cantante Muffin Spencer (la sorella di Jon Spencer), il chitarrista Stefan Gordon, la bassista Karen Frost e Jonny "DJ Swett" Barrington alla batteria e allo scratching. Mescolano le estetiche dell'elettronica, dello hip-hop e del garage-rock. Come molte "next big things" inglesi, sprecarono i colpi migliori in singoli ed EP. Debuttarono con tre singoli (Boss e Straighten Out nel 1996) sulla falsariga del dance-pop degli Elastica, e gli EP Bonus Beats (1999) e I Can't Wait (1999). Il primo album, Got it Made (Wiiija, 2002), era a base di riempitivi. Work It Out, I Can't Wait e You Got It forzavano la convivenza tra effetti elettronici disorientanti e groove relativamente leggeri. Good Times e Nervous erano più intense, ma poco travolgenti. (Piero Scaruffi -

- In
- No Competition
- Parkside
- Work It Out
- That's The Way
- L vs S
- I Can't Wait
- You Got It
- Who Stole The Show
- Play Some D
- Nervous
- Good Times
- Put You Right
- Micstyle
- I Gotta Beef
- B'Cos We Rock
- B.R.A.S.S.Y.


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