Mint Royale – Time feat. Tom Cane
With the release of one final, farewell single, Manchester’s Mint Royale have decided to call time on a sunshine pop party of career that confirmed them both as pioneers in the world of dance and as a veritable hit factory, spinning out more key singles than your average American Apparel seamstress does plain white tees.
This final swansong single is a beautiful and poignant track, aptly named “Time” and is a collaboration with Tom Cane, who, in joining forces with Mint Royale, adds his name to a long list of glittering and diverse collaborators which includes Lauren Laverne, De La Soul, Willem Dafoe, Prince Buster, Damien Jurado, Edgar Wright and Noel Fielding.
Originally discovered and championed by Norman Cook who helped get their debut single released on Skint Records, Mint Royale always stoically promised to keep dance music fun and exciting. Having earlier remixed Kenickie, MintRoyale personally invited Lauren Laverne to help them craft their first hit single and huge post-Kenickie indie anthem, ‘Don’t Falter’. Whilst their remix of Terrorvision’s ‘Tequila’ gave the Yorkshire Pop-Rockers their chart topping biggest hit.
Prince Buster’s legendary appearance on ‘Sexiest Man In Jamaica’ found endorsements from all corners of the musical spectrum and lead to further flirtation with the hit parade. Unlikely pairings with De La Soul on ‘Show Me’ and Damien Jurado on the tranquil ‘Dancehall Places’ proved Mint Royale’s ability to blend the delicate and the experimental whilst still creating their beautiful brand of dance pop.
It was however Mint Royale’s reworking of Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ In The Rain” that cemented their chart credentials, starting life soundtracking the award winning body-popping VW Golf advert, then later helping George Sampson achieve fame on Britain’s Got Talent and finally going on to be a UK number 1 single.
But all good parties must come to an end and what better, more fitting way to go out than with “Time”. Featuring Tom Cane, who himself has is no stranger to chart success featuring on and co-writing with fellow dance luminaries such as Wilkinson, Klangkarussell and Eric Prydz, ‘Time’ comes with remixes courtesy of Loframes and Sonny Wharton.