Don’t be silly, Peter Snow and Philippa Forrester haven’t made an album together. Tomorrow’s World is the new project by Lou Hayter, from disco-loving London synthpoppers New Young Pony Club, and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, from ambient-leaning French synthpoppers Air.
So, synthpop then?
How’d you guess? If you don’t like synths, you won’t like Tomorrow’s World. Dunckel’s arranged theirs into sleek, atmospheric shapes. Hayter handles frontwoman duties: breathy vocals; icy beauty.
Sounds a bit like Eurythmics.
Maybe, but their songs blend ingenuous girl group yearning with digital hooks that draw on Moroder and DAF. And as the name would suggest, they’ve got a retro-futuristic aesthetic that wasn’t Annie Lennox’s bag. One track is called ‘Metropolis’, summoning up Kraftwerk’s blend of Euro-nostalgia and neophilia. And one’s called ‘Drive’, summoning up – er – Ryan Gosling in a shiny jacket.
It all seems pretty cool.
It is – Hayter’s airy voice sounds great on tracks like ‘Think of Me’ or ‘So Long My Love’, which come across respectively like off-cuts from the ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Terminator 2’ soundtracks.
Okay, but are they as good as the ‘Tomorrow’s World’ theme tune?
No. But what is?
The Bottom Line Two synthpop-lovers, together in electric dreams.
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This Brixton branch - on Acre Lane - is one of three Blues Kitchens in London. The others are in Camden and Shoreditch. Each follows the same theme - food of a southern American bent served to a soundtrack of live music. And while the music of the moniker does play more than a small part on the music programme, it's not all about the blues. Expect, too, swing, soul, bluegrass, Motown and themed nights - including a popular Halloween gig. There's usually something on every night of the week. The food menu takes in classic Deep South dishes, with New Orleans gumbo, catfish jambalaya, Texan brisket, St Louis pork rib and a creole bean burger. Canadian lobster, burger specials and jerk chicken salads also feature.
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