THE ROAD: PART 1
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