K-OS - Yes!
Canada's multi-award winning hip-hopper K-OS has a collaboration with The Chemical Brothers under his belt and is bidding to win a few more fans in the UK with this fourth album. For the main part his latest effort radiates a Black Eyed Peas-esque rap-pop vibe, especially on the bizarrely monikered 'I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman', which features Nelly Furtado and samples Phantom Planet's 'California' to pleasing effect, while 'Burning Bridges' is a winningly slick slice of R&B. The other side to Yes! is lashings of super-sincere indie rap, typified by the hand-wringing '4 3 2 1' (sample lyric: I don't know what we're fighting 4 3 2 1). Fashioned as a response to Feist's iTunes-humping, similarly titled minor hit, it lacks the fun or essential vitality of that track. 'Uptown Girl' is a much stronger effort, nabbing the riff from Shocking Blue's 'Love Buzz' (yes, that track what Nirvana covered) with a hook provided by Murray Lightburn of The Dears and Metric's Emily Haines. Holy Broken Social Scene! Yes! is an album that always has plenty going on, but not much of it transcends being mildly diverting.