DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
Anyone who remembers él Records’ campy English pop from the late ’80s is going to love this! The third Death By Chocolate album, their first for a nigh on a decade, is quite possibly their best yet. The formula hasn’t changed a great deal – twee girly vocals, funky keyboard-driven instrumentals and bizarre voice interludes still abound – but on Bric-a-Brac they sound better and smarter than ever.
It kicks off with a spoken word menu from an Italian restaurant in the ’60s before launching into a very funky version of the theme tune from ‘Are You Being Served’. A few moments later and you’ll have learnt the names of Russian astronauts on the Stereolab-esque ‘Kosmonaut’ and sped round the South Coast on the album’s pure pop highlight, ‘Bantam Motorbike’. Alas, it’s all over way too soon. Here’s hoping they don’t leave it so long next time.