Frequently Flying Sonny Fodera Defected It has been a steep climb for Adelaide’s Sonny Fodera who, in little more than seven years, has climbed close to the top of the global house music heap. A steady output of vocal-led and bumpy house cuts has aided his rise, but the move to London three years ago to link with powerhouse Defected Records proved a masterstroke. Frequently Flying is the result — a return to glorious vocal house music after the tougher sounds of 2014’s sophomore album After Parties & Aeroplanes. A clutch of established and lesser-known names contribute songwriting and vocals, but it’s Fodera’s ability to match these emotive performances with crisp, layered production that makes this such a danceable album. Lead single You & I opens, with a building key line alongside Janai’s gorgeous voice, giving way to a bass-heavy four-four beat. Feeling U is indicative of the soulful undertones throughout, as Yasmin delivers a playful ode underpinned by menacing synths. All The Reasons’ delicate, key-led beginning, paired with the sound of crashing waves, belies its tougher back end, while Always Gonna Be is notable for its apt vocal stab kicking in with the bass, “That’s right”. There are more menacing cuts including Promises, featuring Richard Walters, and Every Second, while Recollections closes on a slightly softer tone. With a debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, a Sankeys Ibiza residency and a 16-date US tour, 2016 has been a year of highs. With Frequently Flying, Fodera has left the best until last, perfectly timed for his current Australian tour.