Grabbing the sound of Madchester-era baggy beats and a guitar riff that could quite easily have shuffled out from a Stone Roses album, Liverpool newcomer Pixey (real name Lizzie Hillesdon) will probably make you want to throw your arms in the air and shout something like: “Top one, sorted; nice one geezer,” to her song Just Move, her debut through Chess Club Records. It’s an ode to dancing and it is almost guaranteed to make you do just that.
Those early 90’s grooves and references to the capital of the north don’t stop there either. Her debut self-released EP Colours from 2019 finds a jangle-pop anthem called Supersonic Love – Noel and Liam may well find this of interest. Elsewhere the title track of the EP manages to mix elements of psychedelia, pop and folk to produce something rather lovely.
But before I go to far and start referencing The Charlatans, The Inspiral Carpets or Happy Mondays (all of which would be very wrong points of reference) instead let’s tell you that the blurb I’ve been sent says that Pixey grew up listening to the likes of Kate Bush, Björk, and George Harrison, whose classic songwriting struck a chord with her before she turned to The Verve, The Prodigy and De La Soul for sonic inspiration. She adds: “I particularly like the idea of using samples/making my own riffs sound like samples which was heavily inspired by the De La Soul album 3 Feet High and Rising. Starting out initially though Grimes was a huge catalyst when I realized she wrote, recorded & produced herself.”
I can certainly imagine dropping Just Move in a DJ set somewhere between De La Soul and Deee-Lite’s Groove Is In The Heart and it working well. There's something retro and classic about Just Move, and I like it a lot. I suspect you are going to hear a lot more of Pixey in the future – just don’t get her confused with Pixie Lott.
Pixey - Just Move