Boomkat Product Review:
Listening to Donna Regina's 'Slow Killer' (their first release since 2003's 'Late') you're likely to be struck with a charming sense of deja-vu. Although in no way derivative, the three piece are criminally adept at cherry picking elements from their own back catalogue, then fusing them in a flurry of creativity to create an entirely new beast. Album opener 'Little Baby' is a case in point, with their shuffling analogue/instrumentation giving the nod to Mum, The Cocteau Twins and Nobody on their way past. Bestowed with a beautifully ethereal voice, Donna Regina has a hushed sense of pathos that permeates through even the most overtly cheerful songs. That said, 'Slow Killer' is joyously upbeat despite it's well worn melancholy, with the soaring strings of 'Little Baby' or clunky charm of 'End of September' as infectious as bird flu. Elsewhere, 'Lazy Heart' is neon-pink electro pop from the same mould as St. Etienne, 'How Beautiful' is an acoustic breath of fresh air, whilst the title track closes with crusty beats and delicate xylophones very much in the style of Psapp. Killer sans filler, the return of one of our most beloved bands.