The Loose Cannons - Make The Face
Having said enough about one member of The Loose Cannons being called Kaiser Saucy during the review of their last single from this album, I Like It When Ya..., it's worth no more than a brief mention here. Alright, more than one - Kaiser Saucy, such a great name.
But such a name matches the album produced by the Kaiser's band as Make The Face is such a smart mix of pop, disco and funk that it's almost irresistable. Like Air but without the melancholy or Daft Punk without the in-jokes, gimmicks and needless repetition, The Loose Cannons is the band that both promised to be during their finest pop moments. And with Bootsy Collins having blessed the band - "Keep the funk alive, fellas", were his words of advice - The Loose Cannons have gone through DJ'ing, remixing and now, with an album of their own, getting their tracks on the Xfm and Radio 1 A-List.
If there's a theme to this album, it's life in the city but without the bleak misery of the same as suggested by Suede on their first three albums. Instead, with songs like I Like It When Ya..., Almost On Fire and Out 4 The Nite, The Loose Cannons provide a soundtrack to the dirty, hedonistic moments that make up the end of the night and start of the morning in the capital when pubs are shutting up and all that remains open are strip bars and night clubs. Almost On Fire makes the clearest suggestion feeling horny late at night as Kaiser Saucy is barely able to contain himself as an unnamed woman whispers come-ons in his ear. Better yet is Superstars, The Loose Cannons' debut single, which offers such a deep, electro-funk that it sounds as though Bootsy made a return journey to see the band in their Children's Television Sweatshop studio.
But it's 23:59:59 that really gets it right, with slower grooves nailing the feeling that the night is over around midnight and that maybe its best moments are over. Compared to the hedonism elsewhere on the album, this track is something of a comedown but its feeling of defeat is well placed amongst the dirty funk that surrounds it.
That The Loose Cannons are closer to home, at least to those who've spent nights out in British cities, than Daft Punk will be good news to anyone who felt at a distance from the French duo. That much of The Loose Cannons music gets to the heart of what makes a great night out so special - too much violence drugs and alcohol and varying amounts of sex and near-misses - is a high recommendation.