Clinton Disco and the Halfway to Discontent

Clinton may be the studio-project offshoot of Cornershop, but aesthetically its shares the same qualities of the latter: dry humour and irony, absurd cultural juxtapositions, and Tjinder Singh's tone-less, nasal vocals. Production-wise, there's a lot more programming on this album, but as is the case with their work as Cornershop, Singh and partner Ben Ayres do their best to make it sound as unsophisticated as possible. The lead-off track "People Power In The Disco Hour" gives a demonstration of funk at the edge of decay, grooving on a repetitive, Moog bass line and tired soul-claps, while the lyrics voice revolutionary dissatisfactions with the superficiality of UK club culture. The tempos are then pumped with a Casio feel on "Saturday Night & Dancing," and sing with fondness for good old-fashioned love in the pub. There's less cynicism on "Buttoned Down Disco," which samples Israeli vocalist Sherry and blows up the tackiest glitter-ball groove this side of '70s Bollywood; the Fila Brazillia mix translates the glamour into a more 21st century vein. "G.T. Road" mischievously cross-fading music from a Punjabi wedding with porno clips, while "Hip-hop Breaks" and "Before The Fizz Is Gone" break out with robotic vocals and rougher beats. Given that this project has been in the works for almost four years, the charm of it is that it still sounds like an indie-production recorded by a couple of teenagers in their basement. (Astralwerks)