Review: Spain's Rare Wiri serve up four disco/nu-disco cuts that aren't actually as Latin-leaning as the title may lead you to believe. Label boss Rayko and Fran Deeper join forces on a cover of The Steve Miller Band's classic 'Abracadabra' that has a few flamenco guitar flourishes at the start, sure, and the panpipes that grace Hotmood's 'Rapture' (NB: not the Blondie track) hint at South/Central American influences, but elsewhere Cuz Electric's 'Got The Feeling' is a sleazy electric disco-funker with an early 80s feel while Monsieur Von Pratt's 'Tonight' is sheer late 70s NYC exuberance. So check for this whether you're a Latin lover or not!
Review: Having previously guested on the mic for the likes of Dominik Eulberg and label boss Oliver Koletzki, Fran lets rip with her own solo album. With every flavour of the pop and electronic rainbow, it's a hard piece of work to pin down. One moment we're rocking to a fiddle-flicked country stomp ("Down"), the next we're jiving to a classic Kelis riff ("JayJay"), the next we're swept away in an emotional rush a la Kate Bush (the wonderfully titled "Cheesecake Mountain"). One thing that keeps the myriad styles in check is Fran's powerful vocal delivery. Think Annie, think a slightly diluted Bjork, think 'a jolly worthwhile album experience'.