‘Ghoulish’ is one of the outstanding results of the torrential creative relationship which sparked between Poly and producer Youth, here hot-wiring New York’s 60s girl group sound with sparkling future-sheen and swooping sonic sheets to produce a new strain of spectacular, 21st century pop music. The single includes a pulsating remix by Hercules and Love Affair and will be available at iTunes and all digital retailers.
This posthumous release, following Poly Styrene’s sad, untimely death earlier this year is a welcome reminder of her vocal and writing talents. The single reminds me, in part, of ‘Germ Free Adolescents’. As I think the 60s style of breathless delivery works on both releases. It has been suggested that ‘Ghoulish’ could sit happily alongside classic songs as ‘Identity’ or ‘Oh Bondage’, not even mentioned ‘Warrior In Woolworths’. I have given the single release multiply plays, and I agree. Most fans of Poly’s previous band X-Ray Spex I hope you also voice support for ‘Ghoulish’.
The single comes with a remix from the renowned Hercules & Love Affair, aka Andy Butler, who drapes Poly’s vocals over an exquisite Moroder-meets-acid house super-groove, with cliff-hanger drop and voluptuous peaks. Got to say, hand on heart, I prefer the original song, but the remix will bring Poly to a whole new fanbase I hope, that can only be a good thing. A good single that would have you smiling anytime, anywhere. 8/10