Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Jess Mills - Pixelated People
When looking for ones to watch in the coming year, a general rule of thumb is to cast your eye over who did well in the year just coming to a close. Katy B ended becoming one of 2011's biggest, most universally acclaimed artists, so it was only to be expected that record labels would be clamouring to nab a new, similar artist.
Signed to Island we have Jess Mills, a photogenic beauty whose brand of dark, ethereal dance-pop sounds like the most wonderful and colour-imbued of dreams. The chorus of new single Pixelated People jerks and sparks across the speakers like an offshoot of lightning, low-fi synth rhythms bursting into existence and blossoming outwards like flowers.
Pixelated People feels effortlessly cool - even the title tells of a knowing engagement with social tropes and the digital trends of today. This is clever, powerful pop, all unleashed to a cracking beat.
As the track fades away on its hotbed of grumbling bass and star-light electronics, the lasting impression is an overwhelming eagerness for more. Pixelated People - a tantalising appetiser of what's to come in 2012 from Jess Mills.
Pixelated People is released on the 12th February.