The Count & Sinden The Count & SindenMega Mega Mega
Perhaps because of the time that has passed from single to single, because we’ve been distracted by the arrival of Crookers , or because Sinden and Hervé act as independent entities musically—the release of “Mega Mega Mega” hasn’t raised a ruckus among the public, in fact it has really come out without being noticed. I don’t mean that the little that we had been able to savour from the couple hadn’t made enough noise. If we go over the record, first we have “Hardcore Girls” (with Rye Rye on the microphone), which really socked it to “Pro Nails” by Kid Sister, in its day. Then came “Mega”, which became a ghetto bass hit of last year. And the latest surprise, perhaps the most resounding of all, is the single that came out as an advance of this album (although “Mega Mega Mega” also contains the two songs that we have mentioned): “After Dark”. I don’t know how the work with Mystery Jets is doing in other places, but the few times that I have heard it played in a club, it brought the house down. It’s fresh, summery, easy, catchy, it has just the right amount of club, the right dose of pop, and the right dose of marimba for the whole crowd to like it. It sounds awesome for a morning at the beach, an afternoon drinking mojitos, or a wild night out. If the world were a fair place, the title of song of the summer would be given to the single by The Count & Sinden and not to the plagiarism of Shakira to put music to the Football World Cup.
Three great songs as big as tree tops, and three different kinds of songs— The Count & Sinden’s skill could have ended there. However, the couple’s debut contains a few more pearls to move to your “hits” folder; you can even put them in sub-folders, because they come in every colour. “Do You Really Want It”, a throat thrashing with a touch of German flow, in the style of Modeselektor or DJ Hell, kicks off the fun-ethnic-club-shit festival that is coming for the next 50 minutes. The references to this new world music that has flooded us for the last few years range from the rave beat of “Roll Out” with an air of Buraka Som Sistema, to the homage to Mediterranean folklore of “Desert Rhythm”. At times, these references are more discreet, as in “Elephant 1234”, which is more European club than ghetto-tech; at times, they are the only and main stars, like in the techno-cumbia “Llamamé”duet with Coolio Iglesias (God, one of the best artistic names that I’ve heard in a long time).
At times, the ethnic references are balanced with new rhythms and join forces with totally addictive melodies or vocals; this is when we come upon the crown jewel, a solid song for any street corner. You’ve got to love Katy B again (for the umpteenth time in the last month) on “Hold Me”, a cut built on the Caribbean bases of soca, like Roska works, and which has the same freshness and invitation to dance as “After Dark”, but with the sweetness of the voice of the new diva of English bass. In other words, the dance floor is about to be taken over. The Count & Sinden even dare to unearth those global folklore allusions, to let themselves get carried away by the pure pleasure of generating layers of intertwined sound, and they put the finishing touch on their debut album with a tender “ballad-step” with a very appropriate name, “You Make Me Feel So Good”. “Mega Mega Mega” also has a few blunders (if not, we would have had an album worthy of the 2010 podium, something that should be said in the first paragraph and not in the last, according to the reviewer’s manual and good Samaritan morality). But if we limit the choice to the area of world music for clubs, “Mega Mega Mega” manages to stand out from the crowd and make off with the grand prize. English Anglo-Saxon and from Domino Records… who’d a thunk it? Mónica Franco