New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream

The spoken vocal is delivered in a style that is both sterile and seductive, giving the song the effect of being sung by an android Lolita who'd kill you as soon as give you some of her ice cream.

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Released 12 Jun 2007 | | By Richard Stokoe | Rating: 4
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream

Proving that they're far from front-seat passengers in the electro-pop revival, with 'Ice Cream', New Young Pony Club have produced a single that would become a defining song in any year of release. The fact that it's already a firm fixture in the consciousness of the majority of the population - having been used on the recent Intel adverts (you know, the one with the wide-eyed bloke dancing in the pork pie hat and the green waistcoat) - will obviously help sales, but it's so catchy it would do well enough without the coverage.

A backbeat borrowed from 'Billie Jean', a funky bassline and sparse, spiked guitar riffs create a jerked, post-punk/disco rhythm. The key to the track, and what gives it its unique robotic sheen, is Tahita's voice. The spoken vocal is delivered in a style that is both sterile and seductive, giving the song the effect of being sung by an android Lolita who'd kill you as soon as give you some of her ice cream.

Once the swirling synths are added, the combined effect is a song that sounds like The Flying Lizards, Serge Gainsbourg and Ladytron throwing shapes in a discotheque light years from here. Cold, contagious and genre-defining.