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Built on Glass Fu­ture Clas­sics

Mel­bourne’s Nick Mur­phy suc­cess­fully com­bines two dis­tinct strengths on his de­but al­bum: He has a crooner’s set of pipes, a voice that knocks out soul­ful vo­cal hooks with ease. He is also a dex­ter­ous elec­tro-soul shape-shifter when the mi­cro­phone is off, a pro­ducer with a de­cent line in slinky, sleek, slo-mo grooves and moods. While a cover of No Dig­gity first gained him trac­tion, Mur­phy’s own tunes do all the show­boat­ing here. He’s adept at both lan­guid, lush scene-set­ting (see Re­lease Your Prob­lems for trop­i­cal jazz in­trigue and Cig­a­rettes and Lone­li­ness for ten­der, small hours moods as Mur­phy chan­nels his in­ner Night­mares on Wax) as well as more ad­ven­tur­ous putting around (Blush has a bang of Dan Snaith off its ox­ters). As mod­ern pop al­bums go, Built on Glass comes with all the right an­gles and ac­cou­trements. chet­ Down­load: Blush, Cig­a­rettes and Lone­li­ness

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