Boomkat Product Review:
Donna Regina were handpicked from obscurty by a certain Matthew Herbert a good few years ago for a 12” on his anonymous Lowlife label. Since then, the release of their debut album ‘A Quiet Week In The House’ on Cologne’s flawless Karaoke Kalk imprint brought together some of the loveliest, freshest vocal pop music to have crossed our ears. For a rough starting point, think of Morr Music’s massive Lali Puna. Donna regina tread a similar path of decadent pop, an amalgamation of the smokey/ethereal/seductive vocals of Ms Regina and the perfectly executed beats, samples and concocted atmospherics of Gunther Janssen. The result is a kind of timeless form of ‘classic’ - songs that embed themselves deep in the psyche and, remarkably, never fail to uplift. For ‘Northern Classic’ Donna Regina have managed to keep the formula as fresh and as devestating as before – from the reflective opening salvo of ‘Let’s get Slow’ to the string-laden bliss of ‘Why Do You Ask’ - sounding like the finest record ever produced by Saint Ettienne and then some..to the Hip Hop twang of ‘Favourite Human’, the slow romantic shuffle of the title track and the sparkling balladeering of the deeply beautiful ‘Sea People’. It’s hard to convey the extent to which these songs tickle the emotions....but listening to it right now, looking out at a grey, industrial early evening Manchester skyline, all I can think of is a warm tropical beach, waves crashing , falling in and out of sleep. Deeply moving.