Noonday Underground is the project that Simon Dine uses to indulge his deep, deep love for the 1960s mod sound. Body Parts For Modern Art is three-part set of his work on one disc, including vocal tunes, instrumentals, and instrumentals that have been messed around with. Lots of unreleased material throughout! On Stubbie.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 September 2015
Many years ago our lord and leader Phil released a 7" by Simon Dine's groovy pop outfit Noonday Underground. There are still copies left in the stock room which he seems to still think he can charge £1.30 for. But while Phil has sat in the exact same chair doing exactly the same thing ever since, Simon Dine went on to work with Paul Weller and his deft production ideas helped bring back the mod father from his dad-rock grave.
Dine is still mining a similar path of loop-based '60s cinematic pop. The first half of this album is vocal based, with Daisy Martey's vocals recalling various '60s sirens. I'm finding them a little sharp for my sensitive ears, which is spoiling my enjoyment somewhat, so I'm going to skip right onto the instrumental bits to see what happens there. Well it's decent '60s pastiche stuff that doesn't do much to add to that mod sound from way out, but is a whole heap of fun. I get the impression that Noonday Underground is Dine's hobby project between his various production work and this CD is jam packed with clever retro-pop that doesn't take itself too seriously.
The final part of the album collects instrumental and remixed versions of the tracks he worked on the legendary Adventures in Stereo record 'Blue' - an album which should be heard by every living human. I know one person who will love this to bits and he's still sat in that self same chair.
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