No Hot Ashes: Cool Cat – single review
No Hot Ashes – Cool Cat
Playing With Sound
No Hot Ashes release the single Cool Cat, their follow up to Goose, which was recorded at Magic Garden Studios and produced by Gavin Monaghan.
The band continues its remarkable journey with this new single sided release once again written by their prodigious lead singer and guitarist Isaac Taylor.
Cool Cat is another slab of futuristic funk this time backed by a huge Spandau Ballet/Beggar & Co style horn section à la Chant No.1. Its big brassy and beautiful with Taylor’s rasping vocal scything over the top and Di Vuono giving it the Nile Rogers on lead. As always with NHA tracks you’re guaranteed a pumping bass fuelled sound that builds then drops into a spaced out melodic mesh before rising again and splashing in to the chorus, strung out and sublime.
Taylor is a master songwriter and weaves his impressive word play, Eminem style in rhyming couplets, singing about his local Tesco, before aiming for the stars: “All aboard the hardship starship”, half singing, half rapping over the driving back drop. Yet another cracking track from this young Stockport based band; the only problem with this record is that it finishes too soon!
You can catch No Hot Ashes live at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen this Saturday 21st May
15th-17th July – Shrewsbury Festival
22nd-24th July – Blackthorn Festival, Stockport
6th August – Party In The Pines, Scunthorpe
13th-14th August – Down In The Woods, Sedgefield
All words by Nigel Carr. More writing by Nigel on Louder Than War can be found at his Author’s archive.