With their long-in-the-coming third album, the remaining members of the newly rebranded NYPC are trying to put that past behind them. After the unrelenting shag anthems of their debut ‘Fantastic Playroom’ and the petulant, purposefully un-catchy attempt at proving they weren’t a one trick (ahem) pony that was second album ‘The Optimist’, ‘NYPC’ offers a fusion of the two. It's groove-driven and infectious, yet finds the project in a more mature and experimental mode.
‘Sure as the Sun’ is a standout, with a pulsing electro bassline and glitchy, skittering samples backing up a quirky vocal from front woman Tahita Bulmer, ditching her previous sexpot schtick. Even on saucy synth-pop jam ‘Overtime’, NYPC refuse to fall back into old habits – lyrics likening a failed love affair to ‘a present from the aunt you don’t like’ add a dose of weirdness to the slinky groove. There’s nothing here quite as stick-in-your-head as their sugar rush-inducing debut single, but with this album NYPC at least prove they can be seductive without being obvious. Buy this album here
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The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues. Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul. An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Burgers, chilli, lobster, gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature.
Venue says: “'Free wing Fridays' between 5-7pm at the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch. Come down and get your wing on!”
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