I've just blathered about how the Wants album artwork matches the title of the album but here it's hard to see what a melting foot has to do with a good time. Bullion however has struck gold with the press release which tells us that Nathan Jenkins made this after returning from the coast of Arrábida to a new home studio situated behind the grand hotel setting of Wim Wenders’ Lisbon Story. How nice for him. The music is a fascinating kind of danceable chamber disco pop inspired by journeys to shopping malls in an old Renault.
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A few years back some friends and I went to a club to see Bullion DJ. His set was fun, but we were really there for one tune, ‘Blue Pedro’. When it came on we locked arms, formed a circle, and high kicked our way to ecstasy. What else are you meant to do when you hear a fidgety house remix of a sea shanty? Please tell me!
And it’s this specific memory that will inevitably colour this review of his new EP on DEEK, ‘We Had A Good Time’. You see, while there’s no denying that Bullion is still as eccentric and endearing as ‘Blue Pedro’ made him out to be, as the title implies, this set is a little more bittersweet.
The bouncing bass lines are drum patterns are instantly familiar, but played at a slightly slower tempo they lose a lot of their glee. Instead of the lively solo guitar melody there’s woozy synths and guitars, and most surprisingly, the occasional vocal. The title track features the lines “nothing’s new under the sun, thought you could be all you know”, a surprising amount of subtlety for the producer with the most successful for-a-laugh track in years.
The palette occasionally veers close to yacht rock (though I might just have boats on the brain), albeit a relatively restrained take on the genre. But it is always wistful. That night when we dance to ‘Blue Pedro’? We had a good time.
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