'Wait 'Til Night' is the follow-up to dubstep artist Cooly G's debut record, 'Playin' Me'. In a surprising turn of events, the record sees Cooly G take on an R&B influence, diminishing the eerie, twilit club vibe of her first record and her DJ sets (as evidenced by the dancefloor-ready dubstep she threw in to her Boiler Room set). More of the usual subversion from Hyperdub.
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London producer Merissa Campbell, aka Cooly G, has come a long way since bursting onto the scene in 2009 with the clinical rhythmic madness of the 'Narst' 12". She made big waves with 2012's debut album 'Playin Me' and its energetic genre-blending beats, heavy bass and slinky, subtle melodies. It was a sound so cool you even forgave her for including a Coldplay cover.
Which brings us to this year's offering 'Wait 'til Night', which is likely to divide some of her audience as Cooly takes a step back from the all-out rhythmic complexities of her first album to put together a collection far more rooted in r'n'b and synthpop and also notably more sexy. Basically every single track here has overtly sexual lyrics except the closer 'The 3 of Us' where she chastises an absent baby daddy. Song titles include 'So Deep', 'Want', 'Freak You', and 'Fuck With You'. In 'Your Sex' she purrs "you're inside me, pull me closer baby, turn me over, put your hands all around me, come on bite me..." to a hip-hop-ish beat floating in dreamy synth stasis. Arousing.
Opener 'Wait 'til Night' is something of a statement of intent, a Depeche Mode-esque synth melody looping away over sultry vocal croonings and a spaced out, barely there beat. Another one I like is 'So Deep', a steamy shuffle with an ominous stalking bass loop and woozily reverbed vocals. Those who are looking for more of the densely rhythmic sounds found on her earlier records may be disappointed, but to my ears it's understated and seductive and personal and real. Thumbs up.
9/10 Andrew Customer review, 24th October 2014
A real shift in style as well as tempo from Cooly G here, previous LP Playin' Me satisfying those on the dance floor, but this time round offering something completely different. Wait Til Night is a slow and low nocturnal treat od a record. Stripped back, almost beatless at times this is all about the atmosphere and emotion conjured up by the accomplished production. From the opening title track the scene is set for a personal sometimes raw set of tunes that at first seem to be all about sex, but give way to a more downbeat set of feelings. Particularly as the album ends with a track sadly ruminating on the disappearance of a partner leaving the '2 of us' when it could have been 'the 3 of us'.
That said this isn't a depressing listen, the music is superb. Synths, slight beats, bass all combine to generate beautifil backing to Cooly's vocals. Whilst no big voiced diva, the lyrics are personal and suit the delivery which is mostly sung, though sometimes in a talky way, but not rapped which would have cheapened the effect I feel. The track titles alone tell the story of the album, 'Like A Woman Should', 'Your Sex', 'So Deep' and 'Freak You' leave you little room for misinterpretation of the albums intent.
All in this is a well rounded, deep album that rewards repeat listens. Mostly it is a testament to the skills of Cooly G who with this leap from the previous albums more straight up UK house styles has marked herself out as someone with real talent who should go on to receive far greater acclaim and may well be someone to watch closely.
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