Republic of Loose
I really tried to keep and open mind for this single, but no matter how many times I listened to it, it still sounded strange. The two songs on it (two virtually identical versions of the same song doesn’t count) are so different, it’s breathtaking. Title track, ‘Hold Up!’, is a bit of a mess – James Brown meets the Scissor Sisters (it’s no coincidence they’ve toured with them) with the strangest lyrics this side of a Flaming Lips record. We’re greeted on the b-side, which is called ‘Rugged’, by something like religious chanting that evolves into hip hop eventually and is actually better. The only problem I have with it, are the lines ‘I put 16 holes in your door/ I can’t stand it no more’. Overall, this is a single definitely for those who like their tunes to be a bit strange.