Single review

Colonel Mustard & the Dijon Five

The Dijon Five have been busy during lockdown.

Although there have been no live gigs since their Celtic Connections triumph early in 2020 there have been a few livestream events, but this is the first single from the new album ‘The Difficult Number Two’, out in April.

This track is really an homage to house music and the massive effect it and other dance music had for so many people from the early 90s onwards. Now apparently confined to “Let’s Go Back” events and nostalgia, the intro vocals (from Dopesickfly frontman Antony Thomaz) tell the story of the coming of coming (“across the pond”) of Detroit and Chicago house (“people raved for days and days…”).

There are references to Slam, Pressure, Colours and The Arches and other things familiar to anyone who raved in that period.

The track gets the full Mustards treatment with brass, repetitive beats, lots of backing vocals… It is catchy as anything that CM&TD5 have done, which is saying something!

The other killer thing about this track is that it features guest vocals from Glasgow rave legend Mary Kiani. It is a euphoric track of unity and happiness – “We thought we were running low, now we’re running the show”…

Oh, and they haven’t just enlisted rave remix legend Micky Modelle for the remixes on the EP – there is a radio edit and a six minute extended version which gives even more rave pleasure for your money!