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Tirarse al barro – CORNERSHOP: Double Denim / Sugar Sugar (Ample Play, Single, 2018)

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“We are pleased to present to you two new recordings and videos.
Some have said that Double Denim sounds like early Prince, either way it is an instantly memorable summer song.
The single flipside is the perennial Sugar Sugar, chosen after someone on Twitter said Cornershop were the real life Archies, which upon investigation a statement we rather liked” (Press)


12 agosto, 2018 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

ElectroPop – CORNERSHOP: Demon is a monster (Single, Ample Play Records, 2017)

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CORNERSHOP han derivado hacia la experimentación más Electropop en estos últimos tiempos…
‘Demon is a Monster’ a new theme tune for the anti-Brexit Remainiacs podcast, created by Cornershop. A slab of electro.


6 diciembre, 2017 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

Cornershop: Pinpoint (Ample Play Records, Single, 2015)

“Cornershop are currently recording material for a new album, and concentrating on this label.  But they’ve gone on one of their wonderful tangents to record‘Pinpoint’ (bw ‘The Titi Shaker’), inviting Cardiff-based Accü, aka Angharadfrom Trwbador, to feature on vocals” (Press)


16 julio, 2015 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

Cornershop: An introduction to Hold on It´s easy (Ample Play, 2015)

Un nuevo disco de Cornershop nos espera a la vuelta de la esquina. El adelanto no puede ser más epatante… Dos cortes absolutamente distintos, donde el Disco y el Retro se dan la mano. El álbum se titulará Hold on It´s easy


21 enero, 2015 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

Cornershop: Let the good times roll (Christmas Single, 2014)

24 diciembre, 2014 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

Cornershop: Cornershop and the double ´O´groove of (2011)

Gestado durante seis años, Cornershop and the double ´O´groove of (2011) no es un disco de música Pop al uso. Bueno, segun los cánones de Tjinder Singh y Ben Ayres quizás sí. Digo ésto porque este trabajo es un disco algo difícil. De sobras es conocida la ascendencia hindú de Tjinder y su filia por la música de su país. Para la elaboración de este disco decidieron fijarse directamente en la música Punjabi, una suerte de Folk recitado en su India natal; y en la solista hindú Bubbley Kaur, una figura en estas lides en su país. El resultado: brillante, según se mire, por el multiculturalismo que destila al ser una feliz mezcla de diversos estilos (Pop, Punjabi, Hip-Hop, Dance...). O pesado, al estar todo el disco cantado en la lengua del Ganges y tomar un protagonismo excesivo la tonalidad y el ambiente hindú durante todo el álbum. Mejor que cada uno lo juzgue y saque sus propias conclusiones. Personalmente, me quedo con una solución intermedia, como un experimento Pop de un grupo inquieto que ha sabido moverse a sus anchas por los patrones más amplios que la música popular les ofrece. Posiblemente su próximo disco sea más parecido al genial Judy sucks a lemon for breakfast (2009). Quién sabe.

Cornershop – Cornershop and the double ´O´groove of (2011)

“There seems to be a weird post-millennial divide between 1990s bands who are still part of the conversations and those who aren’t: Napster almost certainly drew the line, and artists such as Tricky, Moby, Mercury Rev, and Primal Scream paid a price by peaking in the 90s and plodding along into the 00s with mostly diminished returns. Of all of the artists who fit that bill, few slipped as far from the spotlight as Cornershop. While most of their alt-rock crossover peers stuck around for greatest hits and festival appearances, the British duo of Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres quickly receded, spending the capital earned by their universally lauded 1997 album, When I Was Born for the 7th Time, on a political side project, Clinton, while also taking lengthy breaks between records.
When I Was Born felt tailor-made for people to get excited over in 1997: As indie kids looked longingly to corners of the past for influences and styles (krautrock, exotica, jazz, Moog, soundtrack music), here were Cornershop, throwing them all together and mixing in Punjabi music and more approachable sounds like British pop, trip-hop, psych, and folk. Dan the Automator, about to hit his stride as a go-to sonic architect, co-produced their record; to up the zeitgeist factor even more, Fatboy Slim remixed their single “Brimful of Asha” into a UK no. 1 hit. Alongside Beck, Stererolab, Cornelius, and Björk, Cornershop were seen as part of a constellation of pan-global stars in love with the possibilities and freedom of blending pop with the textures and rhythms of hip-hop and dance. In 1997, they felt like the future. All the more ironic then that they became so firmly stranded in that moment.
When I Was Born still holds up, but the band abdicated its role, taking five years to follow it with 2002’s Handcream for a Generation and then a further seven before the more focused but under the radar 2009 release Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast. Never craven careerists, perhaps Ayres and Singh are enjoying a freedom from expectations; their creative juices seemingly uncorked, Cornershop have now issued a second consecutive laser-focused record, Cornershop and the Double-O Groove Of.
A collaboration with Punjabi singer Bubbley Kaur, Double-O finds Cornershop again ditching their more ramshackle qualities and settling confidently into a groove, exploring familiar sounds with a low-key confidence. The album betrays a whiff of 90s multiculturalism, trip-hop, and Britpop, oddly at a time when some of those sounds are returning to favor. It also feels nicely out of fashion, carried along by a collection of understated melodies and earworms. The almost casual charm and old-fashioned entertainment feel of the record is reminiscent of Harry Nilsson. Ayres and Singh were always versatile players, but their genre experiments tended to be underlined and bolded. Here, however, the two more delicately fold jazz, funk, and hip-hop into their central sonic idea, Punjabi giddha music.
Performed entirely in Punjabi, Kaur’s folksy vocals help coax listeners into what, for most, will sound totally unfamiliar. And that will be a problem for some. As will the fact that nothing about this scans as cool, or even contemporary. That’s something many people will find refreshing: On tracks such as “Topknot”– which dates back to 2004 and kicked off this fruitful partnership– and the lilting, harpsichord-led “Double Decker Eyelashes”, Kaur’s patient delivery and the songs’ unhurried paces are welcome and charming. The closer things hew to Singh’s gift for updating the feminine, lovely end of giddha and pop the better they proceed; diversions into funk and touches of trip-hop feel a little more stale.
This is a modest success at a time when artists aren’t always granted the room and time to craft modest successes. Cornershop were a cult band from the start– and an occasionally great one (check out “6 a.m. Jullandar Shere” for proof)– who became accidental stars, and returning to cult status the past few years has suited them. It would be nice if Double-O– the second-best record of their career– found an audience, but it’s destined to fly under the radar, be loved by a few people, and probably be discovered at another time. Many simply won’t have the patience for it: There’s a lot to like here but only a few tracks to love, and for every two songs that sound delightfully out of time, there’s one that just sounds out of time. Which is just as well, since the last time Cornershop felt current, it seemed to knock them off-center for more than a decade” (

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3 agosto, 2011 Posted by | Cornershop | 1 comentario

Cornershop: United Provinces of India (Single, 2010)


Cornershop son una banda muy estimada en TJB. Su último trabajo, Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast (TJB, Agosto, 2009) fue uno de los preferidos de quien escribe el blog. Como continuación a este álbum, los tenderos Tjinder Singh y Ben Ayres han editado recientemente un Ep más bien dedicado al mercado norteamericano para promocionar una gira que finalmente no han podido realizar. Además, continúan preparando un nuevo álbum, y como adelanto han decidido regalar a la audiencia este United Provinces of India, un single en el que por primera vez las tareas vocales recaen en otra persona que no sea Tjinder: se trata de la cantante Pop india Bubbley Kaur, quien realiza una tarea efectiva, apoyándose en las tradicionales bases Indo-Europeas con ritmos secuenciados. El resultado final es muy efectivo, y el tema se deja oír perfectamente. Pinchad en el enlace y a cambio de una dirección de mail podeis disfrutar de la canción. Los fans de la Tienda de la Esquina sabremos disfrutar del regalo.

Cornershop – United Provinces of India (Single, 2010)

“British indie pop duo Cornershop will release their sixth studio album, Cornershop & the Double ‘O’ Groove Of, on March 15 — the follow up to 2009’s Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast. Download the first single, “United Provinces of India,” below.
For the first time, Cornershop will turn over the lion’s share of lead vocal duties to someone other than frontman Tjinder Singh: Indian pop singer Bubbley Kaur takes the spotlight on the new album, and this new single — both culled from a project that’s been in the works since Kaur guested on the band’s now-classic 2004 single “Topknot,” which also got a killer remix treatment with a guest vocal by M.I.A. (hear it here).
“A full-length album was started on [after ‘Topknot’ was recorded], and rather than rushing it, I thought I needed to take the time to put it out properly,” explains Singh, whose 1997 breakthrough album When I Was Born for the 7th Time earned Album of the Year honors from SPIN. “It’s the type of album I’ve wanted to have out since my youth and enthusiasm for raw Punjabi folk music — no auto-tune in sight.”
And “United Provinces of India” is definitely just that, a gussied up, indie rockin’ take on Indian pop — download it using the widget below. An email address is required, which goes to the band’s mailing list” (

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9 diciembre, 2010 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

Cornershop: The roll off characteristics (of history in the making), 2009; Ample Play

25 agosto, 2009 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario

Cornershop: Judy sucks a lemon for breakfast (2009), Ample Play

Como no nos cansamos de repetir en este blog, llegado cierto momento, muchas bandas digamos que “supervivientes” obtienen cierta licencia para hacer más o menos lo que quieran, sin temor a caer en la autocomplacencia o en la repetición sonora. Esto es lo que ocurre con este disco de Cornershop, Judy sucks a lemon for breakfast (2009), bonito y curioso nombre que puede llevarnos a pensar en lo agridulce de su escucha; nada más lejano de la realidad. Si bien Cornershop andaban bastante alejados del panorama musical desde su Handcream for a Generation (V2, 2002), parece ser que ese retiro les ha sentado particularmente bien, puesto que han facturado un larga duración bastante ameno en su escucha y con algunos temas más que interesantes. Sin llegar al espíritu de experimentación sonora-multiracial de su When I was born for the 7th. time (Everlasting, 1997), y tras superar su errático Handcream for a generation (V2, 2002), este disco viene de alguna manera, a consolidar el sonido de Cornershop, liderados por el tándem Tjinder Singh y Ben Ayres, tendero y lugarteniente de esta tienda de la esquina. Sería imposible resistirse a la rockista Who fingered Rock´n´Roll, impecable y contundente tema de perfecta estructura Rock, muy a lo StonesPrimal Scream-The Charlatans, todo ello aderezado por el contrapunto del sitar de Ayres. La fórmula Pop sencillo, bonita melodía y contrapunto de sonidos hindúes se repite en esta ocasión con Soul school. Judy sucks a lemon for breakfast es otro buen tema Pop al que en esta ocasión se le ha añadido además sección de metales. Free love es un tema de cierta agitación sonora y mezcla de elementos musicales de diversos orígenes, un tanto extensa, en nuestra opinión. The roll off characteristics (of history in the making) vuelve a retomar la senda del Pop como single de éxito, fórmula garantizada desde su celebérrimo Brimful of asha. The mighty Quinn es la versión elegida para este álbum: briosa y enérgica rendición al tema de Dylan popularizado por Manfred Mann, perfecta adaptación para el estilo de Cornershop. Chamchu es otro tema fronterizo, mezcla de sonoridades tamizadas por la batidora tendera. The turned on truth (the truth is turned on) es la verdadera laguna del disco: Primero, por su excesiva duración, y segundo por las voces femeninas estilo Godspell que aparecen, rindiendo una cierta pleitesía a algún clásico del género. Realmente no entiendo la costumbre de ciertos grupos-cantantes de hacerse acompañar de este tipo de acompañamiento vocal-femenino, que le da al tema un aura de sonido-adulto-norteamericano que no pinta nada en su música. Dieciseis minutos de música que en realidad sobran. Como casi todos los discos de Cornershop, la regularidad no es su principal característica, pero la nota media de sus temas es de notable alto y en él podemos encontrar varios temas por encima de la media. Bastante recomendable.
“Given Cornershop‘s extended seven-year layoff, it’s not unreasonable to expect Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast — the group’s first album since 2002’s Handcream for a Generation — to be somewhat of a reinvention for a group that specialized in ever-shifting change in the ’90s. As it turns out, Judy finds Cornershop riding a very, very comfortable groove, replicating the sound of feel of the bright, boogying Handcream while stripping away any of its intensity. That means that this is the friendliest batch of neo-glam to come down the pike in quite some time, never catching fire but never really striking a match, either, and it’s the least adventurous dose of eclecticism, too, with nary a sitar, Mellotron, or sample out of place. Familiarity may often breed contempt, but not here, because there’s a palpable sense of happiness running through the music — not something that’s exuberant, but rather mellow and colorful. By now, Cornershop‘s blend of ’60s pop, ’70s rock, and ’90s multi-culturism feels as retro as their inspirations, but that’s only because the world has moved on to other fashions while the band has not. Instead of redefining their world, they’re happy to cultivate their own little garden, and when the fruit is as pleasing at this, it makes sense” (

24 agosto, 2009 Posted by | Cornershop | 1 comentario

Cornershop: When I was born for the 7th time (1997), Luaka Bop, Everlasting

Mirando al Retro-Visor nos encontramos este fin de semana con el que fuera tercer disco de la banda multirracial británica Cornershop, When I was born for the 7th time. Un álbum tremendo, que supuso un éxito menor para la banda con su exitoso Brimful of Asha, o más bien gracias a la remezcla del tema que realizó en su día Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim, que ya empezaba a hacer de las suyas tras haber abandonado The Housemartins). El caso es que When I was born es un disco ingenioso y divertido, lo que pareciera un entretenimiento más o menos bailable de Tjinder Singh y Ben Ayres, compositores y artífices principales de la banda se convierte en un discazo, lleno de trucos, efectos, mezcla de elementos de Pop con música india, samplers, collages de Hip-Hop, electrónica, referencias multiculturales…
En una época de creatividad desmedida en el mundo del Pop con discos como Odelay de Beck, que había abierto las puertas del mundo de los samplers, se presentaba Cornershop con este disco irrumpiendo en el panorama del Brit-Pop con una fuerza desmedida. Se abría el álbum con Sleep on the left side y Brimful of Asha, que se convirtió en un minor hit gracias a la remezcla de Cook, como dijimos, dos estupendos singles. Butter the soul es un pastiche muy divertido, con reverses y truquitos. Chocolat es un retazo de música Funky. We´re in Yr corner es de mis favoritos, tema Pop con instrumentos indios, muy recomendable. La misma influencia oriental está en What´s happening?; When the light appears boy es un recitado de Allen Gingsberg; Good shit es otra de las más interesantes, con batería secuenciada y onda bailable como Brimful. Good to be on the road again es un medio tiempo de aires Countries con la colaboración de Paula Frazer. Candyman es otro de los buenos momentos, mezcla de Hip-Hop con Funky, referencias al mundo de las drogas (como en Good Shit); Indian tobacco my friend, State troopers son otros temas instrumentales con samplers; y se cierra el disco de la mejor manera posible: con una soberbia versión del Nowergian wood de Lennon-McCartney, uno de los primeros discos del Pop en utilizar el sitar, lógicamente aquí resaltado, transformando su letra inquietante a algún dialecto indistaní que sólo Singh podría traducirnos. Un disco que ningún buen aficionado a la música en general, y no sólo al Indie debería perderse. Posteriormente el dúo protagonista de la banda se dedicó a un proyecto paralelo llamado Clinton, más bailable, y en 2002 se editó su penúltima aventura discográfica, Handcream for a generation.


7 febrero, 2009 Posted by | Cornershop | Deja un comentario


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