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Hit Parade

ROISIN MURPHY

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The Irish art-pop queen gets extra freaky on her latest, produced by DJ Koze. Hit Parade is fearless, willing to go places most minds would never imagine. "The Universe" is a gorgeously absurd yacht rock breeze that finds Róisín Murphy trying on a sunny accent and goofing on "Row Row Row Your Boat," of all things. "The House"—a party fueled by a funky guitar riff—was reportedly inspired by a dystopian J.G. Ballard story, and it shimmers and shines with a sinister brightness. "'Cause this house is holding it/ All that loneliness/ This place is going insane," Murphy sings, before revealing in a voice that's more disbelieving than panicked: "It's locked me in … I can't get out of the house." Her powerhouse voice—a descendent of Dusty Springfield, Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox—is a marvel here, especially on tracks like the liquid R&B "What Not to Do." Sensual like Christine and the Queens (aka Redcar), it's a sexy meditation on control with Murphy playing both sides: "Tell me what not to do/ You better stay, never leave, you better listen to me." She and Koze effortlessly play with genres and show excellent taste in who they borrow from. Love song "CooCool" samples R&B legend Mike James Kirkland's "Together" and layers on eccentric funk, jazz trills and chilly-crisp drum breaks. "Fader" is weird and wonderful, solid-gold '70s soul that just feels good and samples Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. "Hurtz So Bad" is positively lush and echoes Murphy's trip-hop days in the duo Moloko, "Two Ways" delves into trap beats, "Free Will" drips with disco-diva glitter, and "Can't Replicate" is seven-and-a-half minutes of hypnotic deep house. Even the goofy interlude "Spacetime," with Murphy's young son chanting "time and space" in a child's pretend ogre growl, somehow fits right in. And closer "Eureka" is absolutely unnerving, like some soundtrack to the dystopian movie Brazil, only you don't know what is metaphorical fantasy and what is mortally real. "What the doctor said/ He took one look at me/ Told me he could see/ There was something there," Murphy sings. "And I can't even say/ What the surgeon/ Gonna take away/ And I don't really care anyway … Just cut away/ Like I'm made of clay." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
What Not To Do
00:05:02

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - Mad Professor, ComposerLyricist - Westbury Music, MusicPublisher - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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2
CooCool
00:04:31

ROISIN MURPHY, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - DJ Koze, Producer, ComposerLyricist, MixingEngineer - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - B 3 Jazz Music Inc (ASCAP) / EV-Web Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Edition Kosikosi, MusicPublisher

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3
The Universe
00:04:05

Dirk Berger, ComposerLyricist - ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Philipp Hoppen, MixingEngineer - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher - Krautkitchen Publishing, MusicPublisher

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4
Hurtz So Bad
00:04:37

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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5
The House Explicit
00:03:32

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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6
Spacetime
00:00:30

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher - Tadhg Properzi, ComposerLyricist, GuestVocals

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7
Fader
00:04:23

ROISIN MURPHY, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, ComposerLyricist, MixingEngineer - Lawrence Gordon, ComposerLyricist - Derek Nievergelt, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Wayne Kaliff Gordon, ComposerLyricist - The Pursuit of Nothing, MusicPublisher - Since 1980, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikosi, MusicPublisher - Youngalbertmusic, MusicPublisher

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8
Free Will
00:06:22

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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9
You Knew
00:07:16

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - Mad Professor, ComposerLyricist - Westbury Music, MusicPublisher - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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10
Can’t Replicate
00:07:28

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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11
Crazy Ants Reprise
00:01:28

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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12
Two Ways
00:04:26

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Philipp Hoppen, MixingEngineer - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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13
Eureka
00:04:43

ROISIN MURPHY, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DJ Koze, Producer, Mixer, ComposerLyricist - BMG, MusicPublisher - Deinklang, MasteringEngineer - Edition Kosikos, MusicPublisher

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Album review

The Irish art-pop queen gets extra freaky on her latest, produced by DJ Koze. Hit Parade is fearless, willing to go places most minds would never imagine. "The Universe" is a gorgeously absurd yacht rock breeze that finds Róisín Murphy trying on a sunny accent and goofing on "Row Row Row Your Boat," of all things. "The House"—a party fueled by a funky guitar riff—was reportedly inspired by a dystopian J.G. Ballard story, and it shimmers and shines with a sinister brightness. "'Cause this house is holding it/ All that loneliness/ This place is going insane," Murphy sings, before revealing in a voice that's more disbelieving than panicked: "It's locked me in … I can't get out of the house." Her powerhouse voice—a descendent of Dusty Springfield, Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox—is a marvel here, especially on tracks like the liquid R&B "What Not to Do." Sensual like Christine and the Queens (aka Redcar), it's a sexy meditation on control with Murphy playing both sides: "Tell me what not to do/ You better stay, never leave, you better listen to me." She and Koze effortlessly play with genres and show excellent taste in who they borrow from. Love song "CooCool" samples R&B legend Mike James Kirkland's "Together" and layers on eccentric funk, jazz trills and chilly-crisp drum breaks. "Fader" is weird and wonderful, solid-gold '70s soul that just feels good and samples Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. "Hurtz So Bad" is positively lush and echoes Murphy's trip-hop days in the duo Moloko, "Two Ways" delves into trap beats, "Free Will" drips with disco-diva glitter, and "Can't Replicate" is seven-and-a-half minutes of hypnotic deep house. Even the goofy interlude "Spacetime," with Murphy's young son chanting "time and space" in a child's pretend ogre growl, somehow fits right in. And closer "Eureka" is absolutely unnerving, like some soundtrack to the dystopian movie Brazil, only you don't know what is metaphorical fantasy and what is mortally real. "What the doctor said/ He took one look at me/ Told me he could see/ There was something there," Murphy sings. "And I can't even say/ What the surgeon/ Gonna take away/ And I don't really care anyway … Just cut away/ Like I'm made of clay." © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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