UK Hip-Hop Label Brings Out its Cute Ickle Kittens

nme-logoIt’s baffleing that Dido should have made a planet-eating virtue out of chronic musical anaemia considering that there’s plenty of lady singer-songwriters about who do similar but with edge, charisma and soul. People like Canada’s Kate Rogers. Tempted to the UK by northern hip-hoppers Grand Central, Kate’s vocal on Aim’s legendary tearjerker ‘Sail’ made the names of both artists and, to some extent, the label itself. They rewarded her with a solo deal, and while ‘St. Eustacia’ glows with the same kooky charm, she’s a far more rustic proposition alone. Teeming with log-cabin guitars and eerie percussion, the whole thing is imbued with an innocence that means the songs of love gone right (‘Welcome’) and wrong (‘Not Ten Years Ago’_ sound more directed to best friends than to lovers. Meanwhile, Kate’s sharp Canadian vowels make the whole thing exotic enough to stay enchanting. No rock’n’roll fun here, but planty to cuddle up to. Dan Martin

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