MARIE DAVIDSO DAVID­SON

WORK­ING CLASS WOMAN NINJA TUNE, OUT 5 OC­TO­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Hard but hu­mor­ous solo al­bum from elec­tronic ex­per­i­men­tal­ist. As one half of mar­ried duo Es­saie Pas, Mon­treal’s Marie David­son brings an ’ 80s in­dus­trial aes­thetic to mod­ern dance mu­sic. As a solo artist, she does much the same, but with an ad­di­tional ran­dom­ness that means she flits eas­ily be­tween the slinky, sen­sual deep house of So Right and the hard­jack­ing, noise-clash of the su­perbly named Worka­holic Para­noid Bitch. That Stakhanovite ethic comes nat­u­rally to David­son. This is her 11th al­bum, in var­i­ous one-woman or two-per­son guises, since 2010 and the bril­liant Work It both cel­e­brates her pro­lifi­cacy and lam­poons the gym­class mantras of go-get­ter cap­i­tal­ism. It’s a glo­ri­ous high­light on an LP that is all over the place, yet with a clearly de­fined sense of self. ★★★★ STEVE YATES Lis­ten To: Work It | So Right | The Psy­chol­o­gist

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