Different Sides of the Sun
Hot Natured Hot Creations/Warner/ FFRR ★★★★✩
WELSH bright light Jamie Jones, fellow Brit Ali Love, Chicago-born Lee Foss and Italian Luca C aren’t really the supergroup they’ve been labelled by some media, but they’ve formed a powerful combination whose debut album is pretty schmick. Different Sides of the Sun isn’t the popcrossover that singles Benediction and Isis suggested it might have been, but it’s still a layered journey into deep, vocal house and warm techno territory, and benefits from great vocal performances by Love, Moloko’s Roisin Murphy and LA-based Anabel Englund. Jones has been one of the house and techno scene’s hottest names since emerging around 2009 with his brilliant debut Don’t You Remember the Future. Jones and Foss, no slouch himself, have released a steady stream of quality productions on their Hot Creations label, including a few from Love and Luca C as Infinity Ink. Canadian stayer and onehalf of hyped duo Art Department, Kenny Glasgow, shows his nous on the opener, Operate, before the Middle Eastern string-laced Isis, with its bouncy bassline and vocal, creates the kind of euphoric escapism for which the underground electronic scene has long been celebrated.
Benediction’s relatively simple arrangement underscored by analog kickdrums and a rolling bass note is taken to greater heights by Love’s vocal. Murphy delivers a typically flawless performance on Alternate State, a building club tune calling out for a peaktime remix. Having roadtested this solid debut throughout the European summer, the Hot Natured live show will be onpoint by the time it hits our shores in late November as part of the Stereosonic line-up.