If you speak, then speak your mind. Use your head, not your behind’ Following the critical success of her 2004 solo debut ‘Likes’, Dani’s new album ‘Slappers’ is set to confirm her position as one of the most passionate and original voices in music today.
Slicing through house, disco, electronica, pop, blues and even a little country with wit, verve and honesty, ‘Slappers’ is one of those albums that wraps itself around your heart before teasing your head with the soulful questioning of songs such as ‘Why Can’t I Get You High?’ or ‘Too Young’.
While ‘Slappers’ knows its history, it is definitely an album that could only have been made today one that will get heads dancing and feet thinking. Dani’s been putting the ‘sing’ into ‘singular’ on all the Herbert albums from 1998’s ‘Around The House’, to 2001’s ‘Bodily Functions’, 2003’s big band outing ‘Goodbye Swingtime’ and this year’s ‘Scale’. Matthew Herbert returns the collaboration on ‘Slappers’, sharing production duties with Dani, who toys with the idea of a singer needing a producer on ‘Be My Producer’ (a 100all-Siciliano outing with beats sampled from that distinctive voice). Stand-out tracks on this all-killer, no-filler album include the clipped funk of ‘Didn’t Anybody Tell You’ (built on the beat-boxing talents of Neil Thomas); the brooding, electronic soul of ‘They Can Wait’ (where Dani built a percussion kit for drummer Leo Taylor sampled from American high school ‘True Love Waits’ rings); ‘Why Can’t I Make You High?’ (featuring Ingrid and Kitty from cult teen band Kitty, Daisy And Lewis) a brilliantly catchy digital-goes-country song that’ll soundtrack campfire sing-a-longs for years to come; and the title track, a stomping call-to-arms where you’ll find instruments made out of the sound of women’s voices collected during a little soiree in Dani’s kitchen one night – as well as the percussive sound of asses being slapped!