SLEAFORD MODS

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Di­vide & Exit Har­bin­ger Sound

★★★ A wel­come smack in the chops from all that re­lent­less Brit­pop nos­tal­gia, Sleaford Mods are the boys with the black­stuff. Pro­lific Not­ting­ham duo Ja­son Wil­liamson and Andrew Fearn pro­vide the words and mu­sic, re­spec­tively, for this sear­ing, an­gry, some­times hi­lar­i­ous por­trait of life in an aus­ter­ity-rid­den econ­omy. It’s a page from a book al­ready thumbed by The Streets, Happy Mon­days (there’s a pun­gent bang of Shaun Ry­der in Wil­liamson’s ram­bles) and John Cooper Clarke, but such tomes al­ways have plenty to give if you know where to look. The Mods do, de­liv­er­ing fierce polem­i­cal di­a­tribes on ev­ery­thing from pol­i­tics to break­fast ce­re­als (they cer­tainly had their Weetabix on Tied Up in Nottz) to mu­si­cal peers (A Lit­tle Ditty). All of it comes with an avalanche of in­jokes, sca­to­log­i­cal hu­mour and sham­bling, rudi­men­tary beats. The sound of fer­vently un­cool Bri­tan­nia. sleaford­mods.com Down­load: Tied Up in Nottz, A Lit­tle Ditty

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