Close your eyes. I am going to say three words to you. Music. Country. House. Now I am no Derren Brown, but I bet your thinking Blur, busty models and Graham Coxon's career lowlight. Country - even of the alt-type - and electronica are not the most obvious of bedfellows. Sure New Order had a crack way back in 1984 with Lonesome Tonight, but they are a different kind of genius.
Adding Kurt Wagner vocal to the electronic vistas of X-Press 2 is not the stretch it would have been at the turn of the decade. If you listen to Lambchop LPs back to back you can hear how his voice has grown from a nervous mumble into something much more soulful. The very grain and texture of his voice has mutated. Kurt's vocal weaves its spell against the wonderful Screamadelica backdrop. Gospel choirs, airy strings and a house piano last heard echoing inside The Hacienda's heat filled depths.
Give It has a beautiful twisted logic all of its own. X-Press 2 have pulled off another genre-hopping classic here. House music with heart? Electronica with soul? Close your eyes. Let Kurt take you higher.