Pop Music

'l‘hey're fresh. they‘re fizzy and they‘re in the Top Ten with their clubland-sweeping debut rel ‘ase. ’aul W. llullah gets a taste ofthe (‘ola Boy" chart sensation.

l’link. pliiik. plinkplinkplink: ‘Seven ways to laaaaaave . . .‘ goes the refrain. and (‘ola Boy score a 'l‘op ’l‘en hit with the first song they ever

w rote. It's as easy as that. pop-pickers. A ludicrously simple mix of groove. two-chord keyboards and that breezy vocal. produced in typically low-key mode by the revered St

litienne team. ‘Seven Ways lo Love’ has already had (part-jealous. part-misguided) techno-dance purists objecting to what they call the ‘naivety’ of the (‘ola Boy sound. Are the delectable duo no more than a commercial sell-out zone'.’ The chai‘t-hit's creator. Andrew .‘ylidgeley —- a man with a name one letter away from iiose—iobbing pop infamy reckons not.

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