Review: Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie - KVK700
With a relentless schedule of output that has stretched back to the early part of last year, one can be forgiven to approach releases by this Swedish pair with scepticism. Quality over quantity is the preferred mantra of those opting to take their time.
Nevertheless, “The Best Sense is Nonsense” has a groovy beat coupled with a bouncy bass that makes it near impossible not to nod along. However, the melancholy piano stabs sound more experimental than thoughtful and, as a whole, the track sounds more like a functional prototype than a fully constructed piece.
“Liberace’s Fever”, however, is a mischievous, disco jaunt that would get even the most placid listener shimmying. However, again, once the song has found its height, the organ fancifully plays over the top till the track has no option but to peter out. That is not to say that this is not an enjoyable release, indeed it will certainly induce an smile and a shake from any listener, but it does seem that with a bit more consideration, it could have gone a lot further.
KVK700 is out on vinyl and digital on March 17th.