Release Date: Jul 28, 2008
Record label: Graffiti
Genre(s): Rock, Pop, Electronic
At a distance of 16 years, Stereo MCs' Connected album seems less like an enduring classic than a historical artefact - a creased snapshot from the bright, daft summer of Ebeneezer Goode and Rhythm Is a Dancer. They were a party band without much to say - rapper Rob Birch's melodic hooks were far more memorable than his leaden rhymes - and party bands always have a short time in the sun. Double Bubble, their third album since their momentum-destroying nine-year hiatus, gestures towards weightier issues, but Birch's vaporous politics and balsa-light depictions of Brixton street life dissolve into so much blather.
11 Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik, Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik (Modular)4 stars Henry Smithson first appeared as solo artist Riton on Manchester's Grand Central Records with his futuristic 'basement soul' debut Beats Du Jour. The young Geordie (he's been around for a few years now, but still looks about 12) then reinvented himself and Riton became a trio of London fashionistas (with Luca Santucci from Playgroup and Lee Jones from Howdi) for 2004's Homies and Homos. The latter were a minor hit at festivals with their engaging stage show, but never really crossed over to a wider audience.