It's been an unusual transition for Juju, previously of Island Records' Little Fish, going from major label success to the very DIY ethic of Candy Says and it's hard not to have a deep respect for that. Recording in a garage with only the most basic of studio equipment, Candy Says impressed us with their 2013 single releases 'Melt Into The Sun' and 'Favourite Flavour' and now they're here with their full-length debut album 'Not Kings'.
The title track opens this pretty unique collection of songs with a strong and deliberate rhythm and a thrillingly optimistic pop vibe. It sets the album up well for what to expect; well-structured electronic compositions and infectiously repetitive lines all the way through: 'Gotta get out before my heart explodes'.
There's plenty more of that in the first half of the record; 'Favourite Flavour' is another uplifting number, even more catchy but with dreamier vocals. It's arguably the most memorable track on the entire album - though that doesn't make it the best. If we're talking best song, then 'Lord's Mistake' is a strong contender with its funky guitar riffs and Juju's vocals entering rock terrain. There's a few curveballs in there too like 'Hummingbird' which has a 60s lounge music feel about it and the partly spoken word 'Dreamers' which sees the synths at their heaviest.
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