The Witching Hour
Ladytron is what DJs would play for roller skaters in an abandoned Eastern European factory. It’s retro, stylized, with pounding yet danceable beats that are as icy-sweet as the mint chocolates found in Christmas stockings. This UK-based four-piece made its name with the breakout Light and Magic, one of the best records, in any genre, released in 2002. The Witching Hour expands their fantastic electro-pop melodies with a healthy dose of live instrumentation, but maintains what makes Ladytron so special — barreling 4/4 rhythms coated with the foreign, crystallic vocal sheen of sexy Helen Marnie, as on “Destroy Everything You Touch” and “Sugar.” This is peak-era Depeche Mode fronted by a Bulgarian Blondie.