You Love Her Coz She's Dead - Inner City Angst EP (Kitsuné)

Charlie Ashcroft | Thursday, 29 January 2009

You Love Her Coz She's Dead - Inner City Angst EP (Kitsuné)

Kitsuné's recent string of releases have been a bit of a mixed bag if truth be told, but with a fair bit of buzz having been generated about London duo You Love Her Coz She's Dead in recent months, the Parisian label may well have been justified in signing them up on the back of their inclusion on last year's Maison 6 compilation.

Without dwelling on their slightly ridiculous name, Jay and Elle Dead make a hell of din, bridging the gap between electro and bleepcore at a frenetic pace through a combination of passionate yelps, hefty beats and series after series of Nintendo-inspired splurges.

The relentless energy of lead track 'Superheroes' is a decent indication of what YLHCSD are capable of when on top form, with catchy vocals punctuating a deluge of undulating synths and ragged bleeps.

'Blood Lust' and 'Dead End' are not quite on the same level of the full-blooded aural assault demonstrated by their predecessor, but both manage to worm their way into the brain through Elle's high-pitched, put-through-the-mincer melodies and Jay's ever-intricate programming.

Their style is such that they may well attract any 8-bit and chiptune fans suddenly looking for something a bit younger and poppier in their lives. Inevitable comparisons to Crystal Castles aside, YLHCSD seem hell-bent on making their own mark on the indie electro scene, having come up with a debut EP ready to soundtrack the bedlam at 'Skins' parties across the land in 2009.

Rating: 3.5/5