Ever heard the one about the French man and the English man walking into a recording studio? No? Let me tell it then…
- ARTIST: Kungs featuring Olly Murs and Coely
- SONG: More Mess
SO ALEX, WHY IS THIS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?
France has a great tradition for many things. Spiky, slightly brilliant electronic dance music being one of them. Kungs (or Valentin Brunel as sa mere would call him) has only just turned 20, but is already shaping up to be a great to reign with the likes of Daft Punk, Sebastien Tellier and Neïmo, after coming to worldwide attention via his reimagining of the Cookin’ on 3 Burners track ‘This Girl’, a number 2 hit last year in the UK that has shifted 600,000 copies hence.
Olly Murs (more on whom in another blog next week, readers) has not long turned 33, and his most recent campaign for the chart topping (and still brilliant) ’24 Hrs’ that was our album of last year, has just been rounded off by a lazy and unnecessary reworking of one of its best tracks, namely, ‘Unpredictable’, the single mix of which had the caterwauling – sorry, vocals – of his current support act and 2015 X Factor champ Louisa Johnson bolted on to it.
But now, here to make us forget that umpteenth sorry attempt to make one of the show’s less memorable winners relevant before the inevitable ‘SyCo can confirm they and Louisa have parted ways’ speech in January, Mursy boy has wound up guest vocalist alongside newcomer rapper Coely on a late contender for our summer 2017 anthem.
In a bit of further cross continental sound switching not seen since Emma Bunton covered the Astrud Gilberto bossa nova standard ‘Crickets Sing for Anamaria’, ‘More Mess’ is actually a partial cover of an obscure South American funk number from the 90s. The result is a sharp but smooth, bustling little single that all but makes us want to shake our stuff like we’re on Copacabana beach in a thong. Arriba. Here’s to hoping this isn’t the last time Olly heads for the dance floor.
‘More Mess’ is out to stream and download now on Sound of Barclay Records. Olly Murs is currently on his summer tour of the UK, playing Sandown Park Racecourse this Thursday, 10th August and finishing up as headliner at the Victorious Festival on 27th August. Twitter: @KungsMusic @ollyofficial
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