✥ Superman ✥
Simon Thornton gets husky on the lamentful Superman, a wickedly hip subversion of the superhero ideology (“I’m not that good at this…”) from The BPA album, I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat.
I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat, in reference to seminal ’70s movie, Jaws, is brimming with great songs. Some of which arrive with the definite Norman Cook stamp; others which buck the trend to sound completely different, but no less vital.
It comprises catchy, retro-sounding dance grooves with guest vocalists featured on every song, what’s not to like?
A pulsing bass line groove underscores Thornton’s hushed delivery of lucent and romantically hued vocals. The caressive strokes hover over a summery Rhodes organ melody tinged with a nineties easy listening feel. Additionally, accompanied by soaring multi-layered backing vocals, vocal samples/hooks, handclaps, bright synth lines and drum machine.
Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, 2009 project comes with a cute backstory, or course.. Supposedly, a group of friends dropping by a Brighton studio for ’70s-era jam sessions with Cook and producer Simon Thornton. Though the timeline is fabricated, this mash of rock, soul, and rocksteady is distinctly collaborative.
Appreciation will vary based on how broad and friendly one allows their dance music to be, but in the right mood, ‘Superman’ is great summer fun music for anyone already nostalgic for 1994.
RIYL: Fatboy Slim