The Noisettes may have a bog-standard three-piece-band line up, but that's about as close as they get to the humdrum of indie life. For in Shingai Shoniwa, they have a lead singer blessed with a voice so soulful, it makes Beth Ditto sound like one of the Cheeky Girls.
The Croydon trio burst onto the scene with their well-received debut album, What's The Time Mr Wolf? in 2007. They went on to earn support slots with the likes of Muse, whilst Shoniwa followed Kate Jackson of the Long Blondes into the hat as some over-zealous quarters stepped up their search for the 'British Karen O'. Sadly, sales didn't quite match the rapture of the reviews.The Noisettes return in March of this year with their second album, Wild Young Hearts. Today's track is the first single proper to be taken from it, Don't Upset The Rhythm. It isn't released until next month, but the chances are you've heard this one dozens of times already. It's become ingrained in the public consciousness since being used to soundtrack a Mazda ad since January, but don't let that put you off.
Don't Upset The Rhythm is a rollicking, dancefloor-friendly blend of rock n roll, disco, funk and lashings of soul. Unsurprisingly, Shoniwa's vocals dominate proceedings: smooth, sassy and vintage. The vitality of this track recalls Basement Jaxx's classic debut single Red Alert, now astonishingly ten years old. Whether it will age as well remains to be seen, but Don't Upset The Rhythm is released on March 23, with Wild Young Hearts set to follow on March 30.
Originally published here: Originally published here: http://news.q4music.com/2009/02/the_noisettes.htmlVideo: The Noisettes - Don't Upset The Rhythm