Dif­fer­ent Sides of the Sun

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

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.

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