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Sister Siam by The Whip

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Reviewed on 29th November 2007.


Sister Siam

By The Whip

The Whip have been around in various incarnations for a number of years now; with the rise in popularity of artists such as Digitalism, Justice, Soulwax and MSTRKRFT and other established indie bands such as Bloc Party embracing electronic music perhaps now is their time.

Their third single this year "Sister Siam" comes at the end of a UK Tour and is aimed at kick-starting their album campaign; it's a great blend of genre defying guitar based rock and electronic dance music. The song is lyrically sparse letting the music convey the emotion it builds up slowly towards an orgasmic climax, and the chorus of "You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine" is immediately and unbelievably catchy.

As a rule I prefer to have a new song as a b-side as opposed to a remix as it's essentially the same song, so trying to ignore this self-confessed prejudice I've tried to judge the alternative versions on their own merit. Of the 3 versions the "James Rutledge Remix" is easily my favourite offering an interesting interpretation without losing anything from the original; the "Justin Robertson Vocal Mix" is the longest at over 7 minutes and starts off majestically but just before the 2 minute mark there's a strange humming noise laid over the top which gets a bit annoying and stops it from becoming what would have been the best version; and finally we have the "Bitchee Bitchee Ya Ya Ya Remix" which has an irritating feedback throughout and is a chore to endure.

The single is available on 7" and 12" with one and two remixes respectively, and all versions via download with a "try before you buy" option so you don't have to take my word for it. Also include are a shorter radio edit that retains the essence of the original if your attention span can only stretch to 3:30 minutes and the full album version at nearly 5 minutes long that is the definitive version. Overall this is a great song that that should help propel The Whip to the next level; it's almost impossible not to dance and chant along to and is only slightly let down by varying quality remixes.



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