Who remembers 2006? Charles Kennedy revealed he had a liberal relationship with the whisky bottle, the Ipswich Prostitute Murders were in full swing and Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with Polonium-210 in a sushi restaurant. It was a good year.

Even better was “nu-rave”, then dominating youth media everywhere thanks to an NME-H&M-Topman PR exercise in Technicolor; mixing a loose-knit group of bands and DJs, a new generation familiarising themselves with ecstasy and some of the shittest fashion trends since the Kickers-and-mush-cut Nineties.
PR aside, landmark records like Klaxons’ Myths of the Near Future, Metronomy’s Pip Paine (Pay the 5000 You Owe), C.S.S.’s Cansei de ser Sexy and the start of Ed Banger Records’ irresistible electro supernova got kids everywhere into clubbing. But once 2006 turned into 2007, nu-rave died its own predictable death.
It was a good year. So can’t we just get ghost?
It’s a question we’d quite like to ask The Other Tribe, Black Butter Records’ in-house dance-popsters already racking up Radio 1 airtime and festival main stage slots.
New single ‘Skirts’ is a 21st-century teeny-bopper’s ode to the summertime and why it’s dead good because girls get their legs out and you can look at them no problem because it’s hot (phwoar!). It sounds like a 14-year-old rubbing himself through Topman shorts, as frontman James Hill croons: “Back to the summertime, where the length of the skirts is just fine.”
The synth lines and tinny instrumentation could be from a Rihanna song and – even more annoying – is TOT’s attempts to take us back to that halcyon pills-and-painted-faces utopia that Klaxons, C.S.S. and co. dropped a long time ago. They wear mock Native Indian facepaint and feathers. With skinny jeans.
It doesn’t strike Substance as cool or creative, it’s like The Other Tribe are deliberately trying to channel the nu-rave corpse again, like teenagers huddled round a ouija board in the woods.
Where's the progress?

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