Having been taken under Roc-A-Fella’s wing to deliver blue-eyed soul lines over Kanye’s recent emotional torpor, Ben Hudson has had an improbable fast-track to pop’s upper table. Here he takes on something a little more DIY-sounding, but still with some of the drama and finesse of US rap production. He and his foil, Rosie Bones (aka Rosie Oddie, daughter of Bill), sling playground-chant hooks back and forth in the style of The Ting Tings or Sleigh Bells, as synths wriggle playfully and crisp, noisy drums boom beneath. On Drum In Your Chest, they settle into a tribal, pop-house groove that Little Boots might carve out, but they also create dog-eared doo-wop on Good For You and Rather Go Blind. An odd couple who slot together in unexpectedly satisfying ways.
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