This dance/electro-rock follow up to 2000's debut LP 'Much Against Everyone's Advice'...
Andrew McGregor 2004-09-02
Soulwax were making quite an impression on me four years ago at Reading Festival. Hit-song "Too Many DJs" was being played repeatedly by the kids in nearby tents on ghetto blasters as we all prepared for headline slots from Pulp, Beck and Limp Bizkit. However, the 16-year-olds who discovered the merits of Soulwax at Reading 2000 are now 20 and have Hail To The Thief as a soundtrack to worrying about their dissertations. 2004's kids, on the other hand, are far too worried about their Strokes-y über cool and skinny-tied nonchalance to consider a new offering from the punky, guitar-led analogue beats of Soulwax. But perhaps they should.
After 2003's excellent DJ mash-up bootleg album As Heard On Radio Soulwax - under the Dewaele brothers other moniker 2 Many DJs - Soulwax have returned to the studio as a four-piece with their instruments to record Any Minute Now with top rock-producer Flood, of The Charlatans, U2 and PJ Harvey fame.
And this dance/electro-rock follow up to 2000's debut LP Much Against Everyone's Advice is a good genre-crossing effort. Much like their compatriots, Deus,Any Minute Now has an Americana feel vocally, but there are plenty of Euro-bleeps and fuzzy guitars, like on the dark Goldfrapp-esque "Please...Dont Be Yourself".
And it's with the electro-clash anthems that this album shines, rather than its less inspiring indie-pop offerings like "E Talking" and the title track. "KracK" is a sexy, smouldering, fizzer of a song and jagged, bitter epic "Accidents and Compliments" is a wonderfully distorted, angst-ridden view of the world. But "NY Excuse" with its glitzy, aggressive female vocals is the glorious, angular electro-disco dancefloor classic that really makes this record worth a listen. In the face of stiff mainstream competition from the likes of The Killers et al, it's a fair bet that nobody will have Soulwax on their minds at the minute, let alone on their ghetto blasters. They should be on both.