Dance

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

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.

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