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One of Boomkat’s six albums of the week no less (it actually may be easier just to say which albums aren’t their album of the week) though it’s easy to see why as this is a really impressive first offering from these r’n’b obsessed brothers. Opener ‘The Place’ is a gorgeously paced slice of minimal r’n’b sounding somewhat if Burial got the new Justin Timberlake production gig. It’s utterly mesmerisingly gorgeous, slinky doesn’t even come close, it’s beyond slinky.
‘Black Wings’ starts with the kind of dark gothy guitar chords that would grace a Cure song but is joined by disjointed beats and vocals that recall one man...and that man is Prince. The juxtaposition works splendidly, disparate elements combining to produce something that is both sexy and unnerving. ‘Lifetime’ pulls off a similar trick, wierdly eerie undertones matched with r’n’b clicks and soulful vocals. At times I’m thinking of Junior Boys and the first How to Dress Well album but these guys take it a step further...in both directions, with more out there sounds and production but with a melodic instinct that apes the stranger end of the r’n’b boom of a few years ago.
R’n’b for white boy bedroom fiddlers it may be but the album has the most wonderful sheen. How can I begin to explain? It makes me want to drive out, late spring, to a semi-rural Lancashire abyss, drinking beer in the late afternoon sun OR late night Chicago, the album soundtracking looking over the twinkling lights of the city. Whatever it makes you feel, this is a stunning achievement.
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