Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - RU­PERT HOWE

SONGS FOR THE DEF, OUT 18 AU­GUST Trip-hop au­teur hauls him­self out of semi-re­tire­ment.

Prompted by cu­rat­ing 2014’ s Melt­down Fes­ti­val, for­mer Mo’ Wax kingpin James Lavelle re­turns for his first al­bum since 2010’ s Where Did The Night Fall. Al­ways an ace fa­cil­i­ta­tor, he’s again spun his Rolodex to bring in a typ­i­cally di­verse cast of col­lab­o­ra­tors, from new soul voice ESKA to Pri­mal Scream’s Andrew Innes. It makes for an al­bum that’s strong on at­mos­phere, as Lavelle splices to­gether rock gui­tars, techno beats and lush, sound­track-in­spired or­ches­tra­tion. What’s lack­ing is a defin­ing char­ac­ter, de­spite the best ef­forts of Mark Lane­gan (Look­ing For The Rain) and Tricky-like new­comer Mïnk (Arms Length). In cin­e­matic terms, not a bomb. But not a block­buster, ei­ther.

Lis­ten To: Farewell | Look­ing For The Rain | Arms Length

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