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The newest production on this countdown, Sigsworth throws an array of twisty, arresting electronic textures on top of a killer stuttering beat, bringing Alison Moyet confidently up to speed with current trends.
Guy’s in full-on ‘80s dance mode here. Just try to resist moving in rhythm to the insistent beat, skipping keyboards, and wacky sound effects.
An eye-opening track by a blindingly original Chinese female artist, it seems Sigsworth has found yet another singular voice to surround with his extraordinary sonic craft. Much like parent album The World in My Eyes, “Snow Queen” makes a larger-than-life spectacle out of genre boundaries, as it veers excitingly from twinkling pixie pop to orchestral heavy metal.
A masterclass in Sigsworthian instrument juxtaposition: sawing strings compete with bleepy synths, effected sitar, and reversed keys in a track that serves multiple flavors (and hooks) to enjoy.
The best Sigsworth productions leave you guessing where the production will go next; “Venus Rise” is such an example. Simple piano opens the song, but sure enough, Guy soon whips a curveball: a reedy trumpet that immediately grabs the listener’s attention. Flipping the script yet again, the track than submerges underwater, as echoing, muted keys and dolphin calls guide a listening experience akin to scuba diving in mysterious waters.