Friday, 9 July 2010

Night and day

Rarely does a piece of music come along that takes me back to long summer days lounging in London's parks with friends tuned to pirate radio. Just such a project is about to drop on the planet mu label from Oriol, a native of Barcelona but now residing in the UK. His debut album ‘Night And Day’ has such depth of musicality and subtlety of an artist who knows exactly what he wants, and it’s also the perfect summer album. With lush synths and a truly fresh sound evoking the sunlight grooves of 80's boogie, 70's soul and mid 80's electro, every track is a winner, here we're dropping track 7, also released this week on a remix package....nJoy!

from the planet mu description

'Night and Day’ connects the dots between his musical tastes, from the 70’s fusion and experimentation of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder to the lush house of Theo Parrish, Larry Heard and Recloose, into drum and bass and dubstep, he rewires these influences into something that's totally exuberant and fresh, a soulful fantasy, indebted to older musical styles but still sounding bang up to date, surpassing any niggles you might have that this isn’t just seriously good music. The album opens with ‘Joy FM’, mixing moog melodies with warm early Detroit techno. The next track 'Spiral' builds vox chords against diva vocals and rich talk box harmonies, while ‘Memories’ works up a nervous melody with staccato chords. ‘Jam’ lets things roll out with a loose musicality, irresistible early 80’s soul stylings and big moog synth. ‘The Process’ works broken beats under Philip Glass-like chords and funky keyboards, while ‘Flux’ crosses warm arpeggios with disco beats. 'Night And Day' captures the ambience of a party at sunrise at a Tropical destination, bittersweet and beautiful, followed by ‘Fantasy for N’ where beatless layers of electronics create a dreamy mood. ‘LW’ is a graceful mix of Jeff Mills techno energy and stringy disco, while ‘5 Bars’ finishes the album with tough beats and chords mixing it up with ambient atmosphere. Listening to ‘Night And Day’ is like being given an invite to an off-world utopia, and within time you’ll be grinning from ear to ear, as this is serious fun.

1. Joy FM 2. Spiral
3. Memories
4. Jam
5. The Process
6. Flux
7. Coconut Coast
8. Night And Day
9. Fantasy For N
10. LW
11. 5 Bars


Released on July 19..BUY.

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