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New Texas Single - Carnival Girl

Sharleen Spiteri and her band Texas mark one of the hottest summers in history with the release of 'Carnival Girl', a celebratory return single featuring the hot-as-a-pistol dancehall MC Kardinal Offishall. Not completely coincidently, the record will be released to radio the week of this year's Notting Hill Carnival, the moment that mash-ups of the now-ubiquitous dancehall rhythm, 'Diwali', will surely be reaching their zenith.

"It's a song with some energy and a lot of joy and it doesn't sound like any other UK band out there," says Sharleen Spiteri. "Of course it's not an attempt at making a hardcore ragga record, it's a catchy pop song trying to capture a bit of the fun and magic that's in the air right now. And Kardinal was perfect for the tune..."

Kardinall Offishall is a prime-mover in the emergent US ragga/R&B scene and has been making a mark recently via a slew of vibrant white label releases, not least the underground anthem 'Belly Dancer' featuring Pharrell Williams and recorded alongside The Neptunes. Having heard this track, Texas approached the rapper to collaborate on their new album - with 'Carnival Girl' the stunning result. Kardinal and friends also appear in the video for the song, a brilliant Jonas Akerlund production featuring "the city the day after the carnival", with Sharleen showing off some skills on a skateboard.

'Carnival Girl' is just one of the highlights on the new Texas album, 'Be Careful What You Wish For'. This album is both the band's most diverse and ambitious to date, stretching from spikey, sparkling guitar bursts through gorgeous aching ballads to uplifting dancehall-fuelled electronic pop. This is the album that Texas wrote and honed as their "Greatest Hits" compilation cruised to five million international sales, as Sharleen Spiteri kept her head down while the world went paparrazi snap crazy around her. Sharleen's claim that this is an album unlike that any other British band would have written and recorded is surely no idle boast.

The 'Carnival Girl' single comes backed with great b-sides, in the established Texas tradition. Two strong remixes come in the shape of Kardinal Offishall's own heavy studio re-rub (titled 'Kardinal Girl', of course) as well as an alternative dub version of the A-side featuring West London's Suncycle crew. This appearance by Suncycle, London's own much-touted dancehall dons, serves as an introduction to their work on the forthcoming Texas album. Not to be swamped completely in ragga chat, Texas also offer up a duo of new songs, 'Day For Night' and 'Silver Chain', for all admirers of the prodigious McElhone/Spiteri songwriting factory.

Last word here, rightly, to the inimitable Sharleen Spiteri: "Is 'Carnival Girl' the best tune on our new album? Well, I hope there's a few great songs that could become really big hit singles. But 'Carnival Girl' is the right record to mark our re-emergence now. This is just the start... this is the return shot..."

Carnival Girl is released October 6th 2003 with the album, Be Careful What You Wish For, following on October 20th 2003.

Clips of Carnival Girl are available by clicking on the links below:
Carnival Girl Clip 1 (Real Media)
Carnival Girl Clip 2 (Real Media)
Carnival Girl Clip 1 (Windows Media)
Carnival Girl Clip 1 (Windows Media)


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