HK119 is the sort of superstylised popstar who makes Roisin Murphy look like Sandi Thom but at the heart of her elegant and immensely absorbing electronic pop are some great tunes and her second album, 'Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control' is a great follow up to the album we listened to a lot a few years ago then lost and forgot about. It's coming out at the end of September featuring various collaborations with I Monster. The opening track, 'Mind', is today's Song Of The Day but the first single will be 'C'est La Vie' (tragically not a cover) and that's out on September 22. We should probably have made 'C'est La Vie' Song Of The Day instead, really, especially because it's better than 'Mind'.
The press release bangs on about the name HK119 being "a product code — an attempt to bring awareness to the contradictions of our society and the increasing alienation of modern man" — which is a coincidence because that's how The Saturdays got their name too — and while there's obviously a deep 'n' meaningful flavour to the whole thing songs like 'C'est La Vie', 'Liberty', 'Space Pt 1' and 'Divine' are straightforward, amazing and really properly accessible pop tunes you'll enjoy if you listen to Goldfrapp, Chungking, Roisin, Ladytron and 'that sort of thing'.
Oh, and this is what came in the post today.