(Reviews by Steve Shafer) Hollie Cook “Superstar” b/w “Superdub” (free Record Store Day 7″/digital download, Merge Records, 2017): The physical release of this single was a last minute addition to the 2017 Record Store Day line-up and was said to given out for free at select indie shops in celebration of Cook’s joining the Merge Records line-up in the USA (did anyone receive one?). The choice of cover here–The Carpenters’ AM pop staple “Superstar”–is definitely inspired, continues to fulfill Cook’s mission to create “tropical pop,” and is well matched to her wonderfully pure voice. And while this is no slight to producer/drummer Ben Mckone (who does a very fine job here), I have to admit to kind of missing the Prince Fatty touch
Montreal, Canada’s own ska heroes The Planet Smashers, rockin’ it with Neville Staple (yes the Neville Staple) on a killer anthem whose mission is no less than to save the world. It’s a worthy cause this ska doggie can support. Two paws up!
UPDATE: This great track is no longer available here! I’m leaving this post up so you’s can goog it! Woof!