Next we come to Swedish Italo-disco duo Sally Shapiro, who dazzled with first outings (I’ll Be By Your Side and Miracle are still top notch). Of course, that whole unwitting cool has fallen by the wayside when you begin titling your songs ‘The City’s Local Italo Disco DJ Has A Crush on Me’ (no, really). We wanted to like this album, we really did, but it’s just too inconsistent, too clinical. This could have flown in 2009, but not so much now – it says a lot when a song featuring Electric Youth is the best on your album.
And finally we get on to Belgium-born Trixie Whitley, who despite sounding like a pound-shop Bond girl, has actually churned out a devastatingly wonderful – and at times ever-so-dark – album. There’s a husky, soulful voice that sounds way above her 25 years, not to mention a depth to the lyricism one wouldn’t normally find in a debut album. As Morelia and Oh, the Joy will testify, this is the most promising and robust thing to come out of Belgium since Jean Claude Van Damme.