Sorry it’s been kind of quiet round these parts this summer, but we’ve been busy. Oh yes. Been getting back in the saddle, and getting comfy today and job number one is clearing out waaaaaaaay too much dubstep, techno, tech-house and various combinations of the above from our soundcloud.com dropbox. Blimey, if we had a pound for every bedroom DJ sticking stuff in our ears we’d have £92.
As our regular reader will know, we’ve started using soundcloud on our sister site, rippingvinyl.co.uk, and it’s very neat indeed, take a look if you’ve a mo. Only problem is hypem doesn’t pick up tracks from soundcloud. Hypem assure me it should only be a matter of time, and then we’ll make the switch to their player here too.
So anyway, after our ears were hurting from the sound of waaaaaaaay too many repetitive beats we found a proper pearl. ‘What kind of magic is this?’ are the words that squeeze themselves, popping out in a Minnie Mouse squeak (and we mean that in a good way), from the quite breathtaking pipes of Stockholm’s Sara Hedin, or KiN if you’ve got a soundcloud dropbox. Which we have. Have we mentioned it?
What kind of magic indeed. With a growling thrum of backing tracking, think Depeche Mode booted out the back of a Transit on a cold, dark winter’s night, think Lykke Li taken by the darkside, think Kyle with Winehouse’s problems, think Emilliana Torrini on 45, Bjork dating Goldie… oh, hang on…
In our usual through music journalist manner we know Sara is a girl, she dwells in Stockholm and has released two albums as KiN, ‘The Zombic Hunch’ and the brand-new ‘Those Bombs Were Made For Us’, there’s also an EP and four, count ‘em, singles. We also know that one of her songs ‘Sandman’ featured in Portuguese TV soap Morangos com Açucar, we never miss an episode.
She deserves better than Portuguese soaps though. What she does is quite quite quite quite the most brilliant thing we’ve heard all year. ‘Papageno’ stopped us dead in our tracks. It sounds utterly bonkers first time, and come to that it still sounds bonkers the second time too. What it does is leave you scrabbling for more. And the more is just as good.
Not only does Sara sound like a star, she looks like one too… almost. With eyes you could stand teacups on, she’s got something of the Cheryl Cole about her… only with a Katie Price makeover… at night… with doll’s clothes. Sounds original, check, looks original, check. You could file comfortably under the current 80s electro revival and no one would bat an eyelid.
Best of all though, the whole thing has the sort of rough diamond feel that gets people like us all worked up. It’s all there, but it could do with a bit of spit and polish. Not the finished article, which is a good thing, but you just know when she does (and from where we’re sat, it is when rather than if) get a polish, well, blimey.
- The album then, ‘Those Bombs Were Made For Us’, is available from iTunes.
- There’s the usual MS and a site too, kinplanet.se which looks like it’ll fall over over if you click on anything. I’m assured it’s being rebuilt, but it’s all part of the charm, all part of the charm…
- You can also find here on last.fm, ilike and twitter.