“What music album would you barter your own mother for?”. Does it sound like a very silly, inappropriate question? Ha. That’s what I am, take me or leave me. I’m silly and inappropriate, sometimes brash, bold and totally fool. I used to ask this question a lot in the past when I was slaving for an independent Radio station in Italy years and years ago. At the time I had a multiple answer to that question and I still do. One of the albums was definitely “Things to Make and Do” by Moloko. And it still is.
Mark Brydon and Róisín Murphy aka MOLOKO were an underground electronic-dance force, continuing to amass believers still today, 13 years after they split. You must listen to their music to understand how influential they have been and to enjoy pure swoony beats splashed with that silky smoky goodness of Ms Murphy’s voice. Light years away from the music biz clichés and ahead of the music phenomena of recent years, Róisín Murphy has established herself as a truly iconic artist we should all revere. Her impeccable taste, keen musical intelligence and obvious talents have kept the cool collaborators (and fashion designers) lining up. Forget Lady Gaga. Gaga wishes she was this cool, that’s probably why she has raided so many visual ideas and outfits from Róisín. Gaga just has none of the style or subtlety. The difference between Róisín Murphy and Lady Gaga is the difference between Haute Couture and Prét-a-Porter. The choice is all yours.