Count & Sinden
Mega Mega Mega
Gatefold 2xLP, CD, Digital
It’s tempting to compare Mega Mega Mega, this long time coming album from Joshua Harvey/Herve and Graeme Sinden aka The Count & Sinden to the debut opus from Crookers which was released earlier this year. Both the former and the latter rose to fame on the crest of the fidget house wave and both albums are stuffed to the gills with guests. But whilst the long list Crookers album had the faint whiff of too much money and not enough ideas, The Count & Sinden appear to have put a lot more thought into both the guest vocalists and the overall feel of the album.
Generally staying true to their speaker worrying roots, the album opens with the abrasive bass heavy dirty south tones of “Do You Really Want It” assisted by Tracademicks rapping. Sandwiched between this and the Eastern funky jam of “Desert Rhythm” is “After Dark”, the one moment where Sinden and Herve stray from the club path towards outright pop. Featuring the vocal and musical talents of next door neighbours The Mystery Jets, “After Dark” is one of this year’s most infectious jaunts through feel good disco pop – a claim that would seem totally ridiculous back in 2008. Sinden and Herve fans will be pleased by the more straight up club tackle that follows, which is split between instrumental bangers “Panther” and “Elephant 123” and vocal tracks featuring Rye Rye, Bashy (this one has crossover single stamped all over it) and the amazingly monikered Coolio Iglesias.