X Vectors - Now is the Winter of our Discotheque

Single Review

Single title: Now is the Winter of our Discotheque
Artist: X Vectors
Label: OSCarr
Duncan Forgan | 12 Nov 2006

Caustic barbs that carry a deliciously twisted weight

Sarcasm and music, as bolshy bastards from the Stones through to the Specials have proven, can be a most potent combination. Here, on the magnificently named Now is the Winter of Our Discotheque, Edinburgh's own X-Vectors show that caustic barbs still carry a deliciously twisted weight. Setting their sights on world-weary nineties-vintage clubbers who have put up but won't shut up, the band lurch into a dancefloor monster of their own which fuses together elements of Blue Monday by New Order, the Message by Grandmaster Flash, and a splurge of other influences to produce a modern-day club classic. The band's first single for over two years after an elongated period of record-company dithering, Discotheque..., with its knowingly arch lyrics and vocals, uber electronic feel and ultra-eighties crescendo, is a brave statement of intent, and it's pulled off with panache. It's coupled with a storming version of house guru Jamie Principle's Your Love, a live favourite given extra oomph in the studio - even more reason to succumb to the lowest form of wit. [Duncan Forgan]
12"" Single out on November 13. http://www.xvectors.com/