Raf Rundell is a DJ and one of the wonderful Two Bears (with Joe Goddard), so he has no shortage of experience in the field of enabling happy times with house music. New solo recording The Adventures of Selfie Boy Pt.1 is, frankly, a big load of fun that will put grooves in your legs and smiles on your face. Out on 1965 Records.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 December 2016
Raf Rundell is one of the chaps in plump house party guys The 2 Bears. He's the one who isn't in Hot Chip so that's good.
Although this music has a discofied swing he's veering into singer songwriter territory a bit more on opener 'Carried Away' in which is voice recalls a happy Guy Garvey and the music a kind of 6 music friendly Gruff Rhys style pop/rock. All pretty decent but I'm preferring the four four vibes of 'Right Time' in which is voice interlocks itself over an increasingly intense housey chord pattern. It has the sort of feel good factor that in bleak December let's your imagination run wild and for a moment you can imagine what would happen if the sun shone.
The catch is though for these couple of good tracks you get fed a couple of stinkers. 'Shoppin' For A Shamen' is just far too Elbow to remain listenable whilst 'Poor Bitch' is just awful - a kind of update on the monotone Ian Dury delivery over nondescript beats...and also are you still allowed to say 'spastic'?
The final two tracks have something of the Damon Albarn solo album about them. you know when he sings sadly? That.
It's a mixed bag then , not without some good ideas along the way
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