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The Radi­cle Tim Deluxe Strictly Rhythm

On the back of 2002’s Latin-in­spired house an­them It Just Won’t Do, Tim Deluxe hit a pur­ple patch, gar­ner­ing world­wide ac­claim for his remix work and orig­i­nal pro­duc­tions. A few al­bums fol­lowed, but noth­ing com­pares to his lat­est jazz-in­spired of­fer­ing The Radi­cle in terms of the depth and qual­ity of ma­te­rial as well as the story be­hind it. In pro­duc­tion since Deluxe turned his back on the club­bing and DJ life­style around 2009, the al­bum is, in Deluxe’s own words, “a re­ac­tion against the rise of EDM”. The Belfast­born Lon­doner has es­chewed synths and ma­chine-driven sounds in favour of live in­stru­men­ta­tion, sur­round­ing him­self with a clutch of con­tem­po­rary jazz mu­si­cians on gui­tar, drums, sax, trum­pet, pi­ano and bass. The re­sult is a warm and al­to­gether im­mer­sive al­bum, as much a mid­dle fin­ger to the for­mu­laic EDM world as it is a trib­ute to qual­ity sounds of the past. Bar­bara Ann Teer’s sam­pled vo­cal on open­ing jam JAS sums up the al­bum’s aes­thetic as she name-checks “very se­ri­ous kind of artists” in­clud­ing John Coltrane and Nina Si­mone against a back­drop of jazzy horns, a sub­tle key line and rolling beat. Love Is, mean­while, is a low-slung, smoked-out blues groove in which a ram­bling sax solo pairs with a moan­ing vo­cal. Deluxe’s cover of the Miles Davis trum­pet clas­sic So What! stands as an­other pow­er­ful ex­am­ple of the di­rec­tion here — a fre­netic bumper un­der­writ­ten by a walk­ing bassline, won­der­ful per­cus­sion and horn stabs.

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