There are 3,867 miles separating Manchester, England from Minneapolis in America. Yet with her latest single, “Bunkerpop”, Ashton born Julie Ann Campbell (aka LoneLady) makes it feel like mere metres. Taken from her new album, Hinterland, it’s a carnival of funk and dance with a real Prince and the Revolution vibe flowing through the whole thing (which we just adore).
As the plane from North West England touches down in bright but chilly Minnesota (Minneapolis gets on average 3.5 hours more sunlight a day than Manchester, if you’re interested in that sort of thing) the digital beat kicks in and away we go. “Bunkerpop” has a fantastically neon loving, ghetto blaster toting 80’s groove to it.
It’s bright, funky and infectious but with a hidden grittiness and slightly rough edges, like the paint on the rides is starting to flake away. It gives it a reality, an underground and almost industrial quality; much like the music it draws its inspiration. The guitar skitters frenetically with the beat as the compulsion for movement grows within us. “You can’t stop this Bunkerpop” sings Campbell, nor would we want to.
”Bunkerpop” is taken from the forthcoming LoneLady album, ‘Hinterland’, which is due for release on 23 March via Warp Records. You can pre-order a copy here.