Album: Napolean IIIrd, Christiania (Brainlove)

Simmy Richman
Sunday 05 December 2010 01:00

Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest: take the in-your-face electro pop of, say, Hot Chip and then, instead of singing in that wry, detached art-school way, be a bit shouty and angry and punk rock.

Party music for student rioters, if you like. It should work and mostly, for the Yorkshire-based James Mabbett's Napolean IIIrd persona, it does. "I think I might harbour political tendencies/ That sway towards the anarchistic" he growls. And on the evidence of Christiania there's no reason to doubt him, ideologically or musically.

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