When 16-year-old Little Eva began babysitting for new mom and Brill Building 9-to-5er Carole King, I don't imagine she could have predicted that by the end of 1962 she'd have a million-selling dance-craze anthem, "The Loco-Motion," added to her resume. Furthermore, I'm sure it would have been unfathomable for her to imagine the song would be making the rounds in 2012 in such a liberated and deconstructed fashion.
Musically recalling the more ecstatically psychedelic moments of the Beastie Boys' transformative cut-and-paste masterpiece Paul's Boutique, or perhaps Beck's early high watermark, Odelay, "Jump Up" by Doldrums partially plunders the past while re-imagining the future. When chief Doldrum Airick Woodhead's tenor vocal and winding melody enter the frame, the track then begins blurring into "Tomorrow Never Knows" territory, literally and figuratively, before unpredictably sliding headfirst into a quicksand-infused, half-time pre-chorus. Just as everything appears to be grinding to a complete drugged halt, we're launched back into the undeniable refrain, which could be a summertime Top-10 smash in a separate, night-vision-only dimension. This track appears as the B-side of their latest 12-inch single on the Souterrain Transmissions label. But if you ask me, they pressed it on to the wrong side of the plastic. I bet Don Kirshner would have agreed.
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