Articles from Guardian and NME about them! Both very positive.
And finally, well, finally there’s Stooshe, a trio of south east London girls. They made a minor splash online last month when their single ‘**** Me’ appeared out of nowhere with the fun feel of Mutya-era Sugababes. They’re unsigned and haven’t put any more tunes online yet, but whatever they do next promises to be interesting.
The lineup: Courtney Rumbold, Alex Buggs and Karis Anderson.
The background: If we hadn't spent the past few days listening to every one of the 16 Odd Future albums available to download for free from their website – an experience that we can only imagine is comparable to being cooped up for 72 hours in an abattoir with a locust abortion technician – then we might have been slightly shocked by new girl trio Stooshe's mildly sensational debut single. But we did, so we weren't. Nevertheless, it is called **** Me and it contains lyrics such as, "Foreplay's fine but I ain't got the time", references to chocolate and "double helpings" that put the "gel" into Nigella Lawson and a chorus that doesn't mince words, mainly because they're more into sweet stuff than savouries. "Hurry up – **** me," it goes, delivered with all the salacious glee of Jordan on a night down at the Automat, or do we mean laundromat?
By the time you get to the halfway mark – the technical term is probably bridge, but we'd have to check – the girls start coming (oo-er) over like an X-rated En Vogue ("free your mind – and the rest I'll swallow") and warning would-be suitors, "Don't be giving me no pearl necklace – you know I only like diamond rings". The climax (enough already) finds them doing rude things to nursery rhymes ("Hey diddle diddle, my cat needs a fiddle"). Meanwhile, the Day-Glo, Deee-Lite-ful video starts off with one of the girls' pants round her ankles in a toilet and ends with Suave Debonair, the guest rapper in a fake moustache who resembles a comedy 1970s porn star or gigolo, being covered in foam.
There is also a polite version of the single called Love Me simultaneously available on iTunes. But even if there wasn't, take away the Carry On sauce and you can tell there's a proper grown-up soul-infused girl-pop group in Stooshe waiting to come out. It's there in the music to ****/Love Me, with its Motown beat and melody half-inched from Express Yourself (the Madonna one, not the NWA one) that makes us think of early-80s sassy combos such as Amazulu and Belle Stars. Like them, Stooshe are a mixed affair, comprising a blonde 18-year-old with shaved hair and a penchant for jazz and rap (Courtney), a 20-year-old into "ghetto chic" (Alex) and a 21-year-old former ballet dancer turned Brits brat (Karis). As yet they're unsigned, but as with Odd Future one can't help worrying that, on a major label, all the rough edges will be smoothed away, removing all the original crude charm. Although if that reads like a request for 16 albums' worth of this stuff, it isn't.
The buzz: "When does the album drop? I need it. Bad" – poptrashaddicts.blogspot.com.
The truth: All hail the fairly mighty Stooshe.
Most likely to: Swear.
Least likely to: Duet with Earl Sweatshirt.
What to buy: **** Me and Love Me are both available on iTunes.
File next to: Belle Stars, Amazulu, Betty Boo, All Saints.
Also, they said that the song is being pulled from iTunes and will be re-released in August with label backing. They are just looking for the right label now.