Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Yasmin feat. Shy FX & Ms Dynamite - Light Up (The World)
Yasmin - the pop shapeshifter, songstress of mystique. Taken side by side, previous single Finish Line and Light Up The World couldn't be more different. The former was the most precise, clinical of pop records, packing a killer hook. But Light Up The World, a collab with veterans Shy FX and Ms Dynamite feels like an unfortunate step backwards.
The hooks are hidden beneath a heap of dubby bass and reggae stabs - they're in there somewhere, glimmering through in the odd moment, but never is there the proud, open glory of Finish Line.
Ultimately, it depends what you want from Yasmin - Light Up The World is definitively the uber-cool hipster track, the dance-inflected 'experimental' number to thrill the DJs. But those that saw the makings of an icy pop princess in Finish Line and On My Own will be left disappointed.
Light Up The World feels like a trippy lapse back into the smoke-clouded past - a snapshot into shisha houses and squalid 90s concrete'n'denim, chemical worlds of a more laid-bare age. In the here and now, for all its merits, it lacks the precision to truly compete.
(That said, the Freemasons mix is exceptional - a thing of real beauty, and with just the right touch of added clubland 'bite')
Light Up The World is released on the 16th January.