Jessica 6 - See The Light
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Brooklyn-based trio formed in 2008 when Nomi got together with Andrew Raposo (bass) and Morgan Wiley (keyboards and synths) on a track called ‘Fun Girl’. Three years on and they’ve produced a quirky mix of classy pop house that with R&B and nu-disco into is our way.
It’s a bit wired as there’s such a strong sound of Hercules and Love Affair with a Antony Hegarty on vocals after a night on the town and some Listerine. That’s not meant to be dirogatory as she and they sound really good and of little surprise as Raposo and Wiley are both in Andrew Butler’s rotating cast of performers and musicians.
But why look a gift horse as like on the Hercules And Love Affair, Jessica 6 have had the good sense to get their music to a wider audience than late night NYC radio and clubland DFA fans with Hegarty guesting on the track ‘Prisoner of Love’. It’s nearly as obvious as ‘Blind’ but, as they say, Jessica 6 has a underbelly of “a cross-pollination of various dark, campy and dramatic themes”.
It’s one of those that you know that’s ahead of it’s retro roots whilst stick two fingers up to Rihanna/Beyonce/Amerie et al (why no ‘East West Funk’?)
No surprise that former DFA employee Tim Sweeney has been supporting this group on his ‘Beats In Space’ show (well worth checking out well over 500 shows, see links below) but they do go all over the place from the Donna Summer/Grace Jones hybrid hidden track after the slomo drama of the closing track, ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ (talk about banger remix potential!)
The album actually kicks off with a bit of Moroder disco-house belter with ‘White Horse’ that’s also tips a hat to Cher and 80s UK synth pop whilst is ‘See The Light’ having a laugh at Madonna/Shakira? And then ‘Freak The Night’, ‘Good To Go’ could have slipped into quite a few of the Disco Discharge/Best of 80s soul/funk compilations in a past life; abeilt updated a modern stripped down production and audience.
On first listen, it’s hard to make this album out but there’s something very appealing about ‘Not Anymore’ which is in total contrast to ‘Champagne Bubbles / Remember When’ (not for daytime radio play this one).
They have a launch show NYC (of course) next week but keep your eyes open for when they’re in Europe as I imagine they’d be great live; with the rockin’ ‘U-Motion’ the highlight I suspect.
In some ways, I think these lot are probably too clever at what they’ve done/so but as Peacefrog are a very individual label, Jessica 6 seea them branching out in yet another direction of leftfield mainstream like predecessors Little Dragon (who were on Gilles Peterson’s show today with a flirty interview with Yukimi Nagano), Recloose and Nouvelle Vague to name just two.
See The Light is an apporiate title for this album as it’s time to hang up your hang ups and jump on the white horse!
Reviewed: Jessica 6 - See The Light (Peacefrog Records) Cat. No: PFG146CD Release date: 6th June 2011
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