‘We’re in that two-week grace period following the Notting Hill carnival that permits white middle-class people to enjoy steel drums, so El May’s I Played A Role has picked the right week to come out in the UK. It’s all summery keyboards, breathy vocals and, yes, drums of steel. The video sees El May (real name Lara Meyerratken) running around New York, insisting that hot strangers listen to her song and dance to it. That wouldn’t work here: imagine a pop star trying to get British people to dance, spontaneously, on camera, in public? We’d all disintegrate through embarrassment.’
Download a refreshing remix of Sally Seltmann song ‘Billy’ (from Hey Daydreamer). Remixed by Canadian musicians Mary Cassidy and Pitchfork favourite Jon Lawless (First Rate People), the Billy remix first premiered on US fashion site Refinery 29 who wrote ‘nostolgia has never felt so fresh’.