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The ShortListen: Beaty Heart (no. 252)

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Dave Fawbert
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Who? Beaty Heart

What’s the story? We'll level with you guys, we weren't really fans of London trio Beaty Heart's first record, Mixed Blessings; being too twee and Nathan Barley-esque for our tastes. But the good news is that they have reemerged for another record, toughened up, and seemingly vastly improved. Flora is a dense, psychedlic blast of a track, using an M.I.A.-style sample, some dub effects and a great metallic synth riff. They've apparently been listening to "Lee Scratch Perry, Arthur Russell, Roots Manuva, Pharoah Sanders and Floating Points" and it's seriously paid off. They share management with Jungle, and if they produce a few more tracks like this, they could soon be matching their success.

For fans of: M.I.A., Jungle, Roots Manuva

In three words: Psychedlic electro dub

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ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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