For the older readers among you, well those old enough to remember the early 90s, or for those fans of Bristol trip-hop beat monger Tricky, you will be familiar with the laid-back honeyed vocal tones of Martina Topley-Bird: smooth, soulful and, possibly, one the most listenable and important voices in electronic music in recent times. So you’ll be pleased to know that Button Eyes’ guest vocalist Silvertongu3 has all the vocal characteristics to become just as good, and this track serves as compelling evidence.
‘Tell Me I’m Wrong’, the latest track by the band, kicks off with a haunting cello and guitar loop that is reminiscent of Bonobo’s latest output: cool and gentle. After being lead gently along for the opening 15 seconds, you are then offered a sufficient amount of deep plodding beats and bass to punish any speaker system. Arguably, though, what makes this track stand out and pull together is the vocals of singer Silvetoungu3 – a perfect match to the broken beats and samples that lie underneath.
As well as being reminiscent of early 90s trip-hop – Massive Attack, Portishead et al. – the track also nestles gently with likes of more recent outfits such as Warpaint and St Vincent.
‘Tell Me I’m Wrong’ is nicely produced, beautifully catchy, full of beats and ready for the hazy summer months ahead.