Ruby Blue – Roisin Murphy

Moloko always excelled at making quirky entertaining music that was still danceable, and now that she is on her own, Rosin Murphy has maintained that standard. Her voice is the first thing that stands out, as a sort of Margaret Thatcher meets Beth Gibbons enchantment, and the lyrics are playful to match. On ‘If We’re In Love’, the first single she asks “if we’re in love, why don’t we make love?” while on ‘Through Time’ she wonders “how did you predict the end of the world when you can?t see past your nose?”

The production of the album by collaborator Mathew Herbert (Bjork’s Vespertine) is as distinctive as Roisin’s voice. Some songs, like ‘Off on it’ with its horn section sound like scratchy old jazz records while others like ‘Sow Into You’ are pure pop with clicky house beats like Moloko’s biggest hit ‘Sing it back’, yet all tracks have their own very different identity. On the album highlight ‘Ramalama (bang bang)’, drums pound along like the George of the Jungle theme song transported to Mars ? and it works. Ruby Blue is like nothing else you will hear this year, and it is utterly brilliant.

4.5/5

Pulp

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