Singles of the year: #88

88. Love Is War – Ignition

As Bloc Party’s She’s Hearing Voices is to c.1981 post-punk, so Love Is War is to c.1983 electrophonic phunk. (Only more so; if you’d told me this was a newly unearthed obscurity from that era, I would have believed you.) Meaning, once again, that I cannot help but be favourably disposed. This is all it takes to please me, you know: give me a painstakingly accurate reconstruction of a genre I understand in detail, tell me it’s The Sound Of Now, and I’ll feel all pleased with myself for being au courant and hip to the beat of the street and shit. Been happening on a regular basis ever since electroclash.

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