The Kills – Cheap And Cheerful

...their new and unexpectedly progressive sound

James Hince’s latest incarnation as Kate Moss’ latest rock star squeeze and gossip magazine regular would normally put a damper on my affection for his band, had they not returned with a superb third album, Midnight Boom.

This second single is a perfect example of their new and unexpectedly progressive sound. Alison’s hacking cough introduces a funky break beat and grinding electronic decoration that is surely the influence of its producer, Spank Rock’s Alex Epton. Yet the song retains enough of The Kills usual sparse furnishing to be comfortingly familiar. Unlike Hince’s newfound fame.

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