I'm one of those people who thinks hand claps in a pop song are a very good idea indeed. Usually a signifier of quality akin to an M & S label ,except without the whiff of middle class bourgeois , handclaps somehow provide irreducible evidence that the artist involved knows their stuff and has an instinctive grasp of this pop song lark. Pop Levi ,s "Sugar Assault me Now" has lots of handclaps ....even better the song is a belter meaning my handclap theory still holds up.
Revolving quite literally around a discordant guitar motif, the song is a garrulous glam rock anthem submerged with contemporary production sheen. It sounds like The Rapture covering Mudd and along with that "Grace Kelly" ditty by Mika points to the fact that pop is being reclaimed from the vacuous mannequins of the last few years and is once again capable of dazzling like a ten billion watt rainbow.
Of the three versions here my favourite is the multi layered two version which has the, most handclaps but feel free to choose your own. "Blue Honey" shows that Pop Levi is more than a just a pop kid fusing a psychedelic ambience to a guitar groove that recalls Spaceman 3.
"Sugar Assault Me Know" is catchier than the common cold but it has depth. And like all great pop music it makes you think of exploding sherbet lemons or radiators that run on hot treacle.....or is that just me? For the moment this takes the gyrating multi faceted biscuit .Give the man a hand (clap)