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➤ Thief duo take a trip into the 90s

Fin Munro, Charlotte Mallory, electronic music, pop, Thief, concert, review, London, Hoxton Bar

Thief in Hoxton: languid romance from vocalist Charlotte Mallery. (Photography Shapersofthe80s)

❚ A DECADE SHIFT HAS MOVED Thief’s sound into another era of Britpop. Wednesday’s live set of half a dozen numbers at the Hoxton Bar and Grill suggests that the electro duo’s early 80s vibe has acquired the garagey feel of the 90s, while still evincing languid romance.

Mesmeric hints of Sade layered with essence of Massive Attack result in laid-back electronic lounge music with kickin’ beats and bleeps. The single Friend Lover becomes a mildly melancholy love song as delivered by its lyricist, drama-studies graduate Charlotte Mallory, yet it is propelled by the optimistic harmonics and percussion of Fin Munro, keyboardist, deejay, producer and London club-host. As they told radio deejay Gary Crowley in an interview last month, their songwriting partnership pursues the themes of soul and emotion, complicated feelings and unrequited love.

An EP is planned for release within the next couple of months. Meanwhile catch Thief again on Thursday Jan 30 at The Notting Hill Arts Club.

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Thief in Hoxton: electronics by Fin Munro, vocals by Charlotte Mallery. (Photography Shapersofthe80s)

➢ Listen to Thief interviewed by 80s pathfinder Gary Crowley – Tuesdays at 7pm on Amazing Radio (not forgetting his Music Machine, Saturdays at 6pm on BBC London)

➢ Fin Munro interviewed at Farah, Feb 6:
We’re a two piece, Charlotte sings and I play the music. We’ve been influenced by bands like Sade, Everything but the Girl, but also more recent acts like SBTRKT, James Blake and Purity Ring. We’re an electronic band but we definitely have influences of soul and R&B in our songs… / Continued online

➢ Charlotte Mallory blogging at Huffington Post, Feb 6:
Fin and I first met at a house party four years ago. He’d just been to see The XX at Maida Vale studios earlier that day, so was feeling musically inspired to start something new. Although we didn’t form Thief that year, we began sending each other music we liked and kept in contact while I was studying at Sussex Uni in Brighton and he was DJing and running club nights in London… / Continued online


Don’t Let Go (En Vogue Cover) AT SOUNDCLOUD

➢ Previously at Shapersofthe80s: Fin Munro plunges into love and takes a walk on the wild side

➢ Thief at Facebook


➤ Fin Munro plunges into love and takes a walk on the wild side

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Elizebeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow: the gangsters enjoyed a long-standing relationship, but never married

❚ MORE NEW SOUNDS THIS WEEK from Fin Munro, the London-based deejay, producer, musician and founder of Bad Sex, a “cutting-edge, controversial and entirely hedonistic edgy club night”. Five months ago he launched an electro-synth duo with drama-studies graduate Charlotte Mallory. Her voice wafted languidly over one lovey-dovey song titled Way to the Heart, but brought rather more attack to another titled Friend/Lover – “Don’t want to be a friend/ I want to be a … lover” – in a very 80s layered mix of harmonies topped with a drum snap.

The act’s name, Thief, took as its promotional image the famous last snapshot taken in 1933 of Bonnie and Clyde, before their lethal police ambush as leaders of a notorious American gang of outlaws and murderers. Their exploits were romanticised in the 1967 biopic produced by the 29-year-old Warren Beatty, who also starred alongside Faye Dunaway. Thief’s Facebook page is plastered with a score of other baddies from history. So what’s that all about?

➢ Listen to Friend/Lover at Soundcloud

This week comes Satine Repeat. Could this curious title possibly be referencing Duchess Satine, the human female pacifist from the Star Wars saga with a soft spot for Obi-Wan Kenobi with whom she set out heroically to warn the Galactic Senate of the menace presented by Death Watch? Or possibly not.

This time Charlotte is telling Fin “You cannot have my love” over his brittle and pacily syncopated rhythms. Charlotte’s austere voice delivers the odd dying fall – “You’re dragging me dow-ow-ow-own, dow-ow-ow-own” – one of Fin’s familiar lyrical devices last heard in his previous band Lu-u-u-ux. All of which does prove quite mesmeric. Of course, Satine did meet a tragic end at the point of Darth Maul’s dark sabre…

Thief, Fin Munro, Charlotte Mallory,Satine Repeat

Latest pic of Thief, April 2013: Fin and Charlotte

➢ Listen to Satine Repeat at Soundcloud
➢ Thief at Facebook

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Fin Munro: turntablist returns to songwriting