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On the Record: Little Mix, Tinariwen, Gardens & Villa, Cibo Matto, Broken Bells, and Ruben Studdard

2.12.ONTHERECORD-LITTLEMIXLittle Mix
Salute
(Syco/Columbia)
Sounds like:
The second from the UK X Factor supergroup of four fierce Brit girls double down on popularity in America with a stateside release and press blitz.
Free association: These girls have had lots of Red Bull, and love that song “Tag Me.”
For fans of: Spice Girls + Gwen Stefani, Little Boots x David Guetta, Ariana Grande with silver hair.

2.12.ONTHERECORD-TINARIWENTinariwen
Emmaar
(ANTI-)
Sounds like:
The title’s a Tuareg word for “heat on the breeze,” and the legendary Saharan world music magicians know heat, guitars and fear from political terror.
Free association: Mali’s a hostile place for a band, where music and making it is illegal.
For fans of: The Dap-Kings in Chad/Zep in Libya/Dire Straits in Algeria, Mid-East blues rock.

2.12.ONTHERECORD-GARDENSANDVILLAGardens & Villa
Dunes
(Secretly Canadian)
Sounds like:
West Coast synthy weird pop favorites who excel at a bizarre blend of funk, pop, psychedelics and dance-friendly indie rock kill a sophomore slump.
Free association: When their debut came out, I did a triple take—like “Wait, this is dope!”
For fans of: Milagres + Youth Lagoon x Steely Dan with Tame Impala, drugs ‘n shades.

2.12.ONTHERECORD-CIBOMATTOCibo Matto
Hotel Valentine
(Chimera)
Sounds like:
The Japanese mistresses of food funk emerge out of hiding with a creepy hotel-themed collection, like a zombified vacationing Luscious Jackson.
Free association: Tried to come up with a delicate Asian female fetish quip, but couldn’t.
For fans of: Brazilian Girls x Laurie Anderson + David Lynch, Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

2.12.ONTHERECORD-BROKENBELLSBroken Bells
After the Disco
(Columbia)
Sounds like:
It’s like the Shins never went away, just got funkier with the help of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse); their second’s just more solid, lushly dance-friendly fun.
Free association: This is what happens when James Mercer gets coaxed away from Portland.
For fans of: Gnarls Barkley in plaid, TV on the Radio x Junip, “The High Road” to “Holding On for Life.”

2.12.ONTHERECORD-RUBENSTUDDARDRuben Studdard
Unconditional Love
(Verve)
Sounds like:
It’s been pretty steeply downhill since his 2003 debut (the year he won Idol) with asides in gospel and R&B; he’s proven too reliant on covers and schtick.
Free association: So basically, Velvet Teddy Bear, you are the supreme karaoke talent?
For fans of: Stevie/Luther/Barry/Marvin/Teddy, Kindred the Family Soul goes to Red Lounge.


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