Side A: FALLING IN TIME – A rhythmic electronic beats bonanza wrapped up in a miasma of magical female vocals. A tad trancey, a bit hypnotic, this pulsating and ethereal pop dance track stuffs envelopes full of deep meaning and posts them at you with glorious fervour. It might be a dance track, but it might also be a philosophical tract. Either way, it is fantastic.
Side B: BODYSHOCK – Trance bassline wedded to sublime vocals generates a wide and expansive electro-meets-contemplative-pop masterpiece. An eclectic mix of ambient sounds and instrumentation massages your ears and enriches your brain. This is think-piece music, a track with meaning and purpose.
Vinyl Thought: Let me live in this electro-philosophical world and float away on a pulsating beat of deep thought
Side A: ANOTHER GUY – A raw and throaty male vocal grabs you by the balls and draws you in. Soulful and mysterious journeyman lyrics underpinned by electronic rhythms and great use of synths and tones. A repetitive and other worldly vibe, simple yet layered lo-fo meaty goodness. There’s a pleasing sensation of Stereophonics wafting throughout the track.
Side B: SAY ONE MORE TIME – A stripped-back lo-res synth jazz masterpiece, experimental yet reassuringly recognisable. A world-building journey into deep seas of sound, captained by a smooth but restrained vocal, heartfelt, back-of-the-throat lyrics. You are taken to synth heaven as the track builds to an awesome and epic finale.
Side A: PALACE – a big ballady slab of poetic piano pop/rock. Featuring fantastically strong emotional vocals and a solid epic sound. This is poignant indie-pop and it pulls you into its world and takes you on a magic-carpet ride of highs and lows.
Side B: ULTRAVIOLET – another indie anthem but this time with a strong Keane-meets-Foo Fighters vibe throughout. An upbeat, martial rhythmic belter, true festival pleaser. Radio indie-rock, yes…but this is no by-the-numbers middle-of-the-road rock song. A call to arms, with anthemic vocals.
Side A: IS THERE A PLACE I CAN GO? – a luscious 50s style swing ballad featuring blissful, wistful flowing brassy sounds. A magically disjointed gumbo, hopping between flavours and tones. A melancholic deep-dive into a lounge-bar replete with jazz cats and blues kings. A lo-fi mournful tragedy that demands your full attention and empathy.
SIDE B: JUNKYARD CAT – Full-fat fifties jazz poetry that swoops and swirls, leaving the listener confused but captured. Feeling like a live jam in a French cafe, this is the ultimate in cool hep-cat noir. A drunken melancholia stuffed with angelic double-bass, yet rough-around-the-edges in all the best ways. Authentic and all-too-real, if rather rough’n’ready in its production.
Vinyl Thought: So much to think about, so far to travel…why not do it in style and with a groovy cat as your coffee-swigging companion, yeah!