Peaches has always been an interesting artist, whose feministic, gender-bending role-playing lyrical content and stage persona is a perfect blend of entertainment, intellectualism and art. Simian Mobile Disco is a modern-day electronic duo from England whose debut album "Attack Decay Sustain Release" was a very positive surprise for me upon its release in 2007. They are now an integral part of my record collection, as Peaches has been since her breakthrough with "The Teaches of Peaches" in 2000. That these two excellent units have decided to work together on "I Feel Cream," Peaches' fifth full-length album, is a treat to us all. Merrill Nisker (being Peaches' real name) and her witty, sassy lyrics and amateurish yet charming rap in combination with Simian Mobile Disco (and Soulwax, Drums of Death and Digitalism) and their ingenious electronic beats and breaks is an unbeatable and unmissable mix. The three tracks prodded by Simian Mobile Disco ("Lose You," "Billionaire," and "Mud") are my favourites on the album, and some of the best tracks Peaches has ever created. Critics tend to listen and analyze her lyrics from an intellectual aspect, but I just take them for their humour and originality without subtextualizing or anything. It is after all music that is made to dance to. At least that's what I hope it is. I'm quite positive Peaches would agree. PS. I can strongly recommend the music videos that accompany the record, the first time ever an artist has produced music videos for every single track on their album. All as funny and compelling as the music.
Peaches has already produced some of my favourite albums of the decade so far, with a strong base in electroclash, but always with the odd pop tune mixed in,.
This album continues the trend, but adds a little soul too in the shape of Lose you. It's a great album that really works from beginning to end and begs the question for me, why is Peaches not talked about as much as the likes of Lady Gaga, La Roux and others. Her music is completely superior, original and frankly in a different world. Oh, probably because she's older.
It would seem somehow neglectful to let the year slip away without giving an appreciative nod in the direction of Peaches' fifth album 'I Feel Cream'.
Merrill Beth Nisker is a writer/performer worth getting to know. Confrontational, dirty (in the nicest possible way) and fiercely talented. (Her 2006 album 'Impeach My Bush' really is one of life's small necessities).
The new album finds Our Lady working with some exciting contemporary electro producers : Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax and Digitalism among them.
The territory has not changed too much (thank goodness!). If anything the differences are small and point towards a more focussed musicality than we have heard in her work before. Dare I say a greater maturity?!
Things start as they mean to go on with the wonderfully brash but perfectly trimmed 'Serpentine (I Don't Give A ...Pt.2)'. Sassy, rhythmically focussed and a bursting bubble of fun.
'Talk To Me' demonstrates, if evidence were needed, that Peaches can sing. Her performance with Soulwax is a lung-busting, larynx-grating, pristine piece of electric R&B. (I may have shouted "Go Girl!" unwittingly at some point whilst listening to it for the first time!)
The collaboration with SMD on 'Billionaire' is a fine example of funky urban minimalism. Peaches spits out the lyrics like she means business.
Title track 'I Feel Cream' has a strong, danceable, trancey synth line, addictive beats and a nice floaty vocal hovering over it all.
'Show Stopper' is a short but electric punch in the gut.
'Mud', another peachy piece of work with SMD, is pinned down by a glorious big, bad bassline and decorated with just the right amount of blips and bleeps to provide structural support for the vocal.
Final track, 'Take You On' makes a lot out of very little. A stripped-down, highly compressed arrangement which brings the project to an end in fine edgy electro style.
Somewhat neglected on these shores, Peaches deserves an audience. If you like feisty and fabulous then in all probability you'll love this!