Sumo – Unseeded

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Single Review by Mark Bayross

Ex-Papa Mantra mainstays Mick Butler and Dan Raven have ditched their old cohorts and hooked up with former colleague Jason Cooley to form Sumo, a digitally enhanced blast of sonic invention that is showcased superbly across the three songs on this, their debut single.

The lead track is a satisfying collision of bass-heavy grunge, swirling electronics and Butler’s Adam Ant-style vocals, while MIDGET SEX PILLS (which surely must make the shortlist for song title of the year) is more of a loose-limbed shuffle through funky guitars and vocal harmonies.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get much weirder, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO is a spoken-word tirade set to what sounds like a Bontempi keyboard and a drum machine, courtesy of bass player Raven.

Original, attention-grabbing and occasionally hilarious – it’s worth buying for the sleeve alone – expect great things from these three lads.

5 stars