andrew dubber reviews pucker up by michael valentine west

You can locate some obvious elements of Prince, Jamie Lidell and therefore also Beck in the music of Birmingham-based producer Michael Valentine West – but it’s as if those elements had been through a complex journey involving a tour through glitch electronica, late 80s industrial music, Weather Report, Cameo and Rick James at their most camp, Brechtian theatre, Jazz Messengers, Nina Hagen, the mothership, and back to Aphex Twin’s house for a cuppa afterwards.

Released on French electronic music label Bedroom Research and [well worth a listen] if you like your music beautiful, intelligent and deeply twisted. And who doesn’t?