It doesn’t take much to make good electro pop and Yva & The Toy George seem to manage that task with just a human female and a machine and all it took to bring this robotic exotica into reality was a trip to Rome.
And so it was that these insistent, persistent and possibly existential beats escaped their oblique dance floor origins and locked the loop into perennial minimalism. That should be enough for an offer of a cigarette and a summary execution but Yva – for it is she who plays with her Toy George – casts a spell that induces no less than a gleeful compliance and an overwhelming desire to do the robot dance.
Making the most of those eighties B movie soundtrack and mirror ball influences are “Under A Disco ball” and “The Real Ultracheap”. It’s enough to make you get a mullet – that’s the haircut and not the fish” – and extended exposure might well cause you to actually smile. This album may well be the proof that we can all be hypnotised.
The album is available from Bandcamp.