Fatima Yamaha's "What's a Girl To Do" is an instantly recognisable earworm with its terse blinding light of a melody. The track, which slowly but sharply wades through simple keys and a weary drumbeat, was actually written by producer Bas Bron -- so, you know, yet another electronic dude using a woman's alias just because. Dekmantel now reissue the whole thing plus some other, equally chirply and synth-glistening tunes by Bas Bron.
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- What's A Girl To Do by Fatima Yamaha
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 06 August 2015
Not really sure why this needs listening to again, or even reviewing, because the titular tune is too catchy to remain here. Once you hear it, it cannot be unheard. What begins with some light field recordings is joined by a simple driving beat and some yearning, soft synth shapes before THAT melody enters. A voice quietly utters “I just dunno what I’m supposed to be, y’know. I’m stuck. Does it get easier?” and the feeling is complete - this does good things to your heart. So effing tender. Enough about that one though, the rest offer various shades of Fatima Yamaha (a man, Bas Bron, co-opting a woman's name), the beatless, organ-rich tones of ‘Plum Jelly’ full to the brim with synth-xylophone flourishes, and the beats continuing over the page. ‘Half Moon Rising’ is still as sunny as ever, building more of a haze than A1, with things getting even funkier and broken beat on the final track, still with those luscious synths drizzled all over, bit of a disappointing, generic vocal sample but ah well. The rest more than makes up.
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