With 'Clarity' Russian-born producer Anton Zaslavski (aka Zedd) has
delivered one of the very best dance albums that we will hear this year.
The term "uplifting" might well have been invented for his addictive
brand of melodic mayhem. He really does know how to construct a good
tune and there are ten of them in this tightly-structured collection.
Nothing is allowed to trundle on too long; there is an economy in his
arrangements which gets to the point quickly and succinctly and leaves
us wanting more. The beats are massive, as if carved from blocks of
granite; warn the neighbours and play it loud for its intended effect!
There's not a bad egg in the hen-house! Opening track 'Hourglass' kicks off
with a metronomic tick tock and martial snare drum framing solo vocalist
Liz's rich warble and when the full force of the main subject kicks-in one
can easily imagine a thousand hands punching the air and the the dancefloor
bending fit to bust. A big, fat crowd-pleaser if ever there was one!
Single 'Spectrum', too, features a splendidly tuneful central performance
from Matthew Zoma, engaging our emotions as well as our desire to gyrate.
The stripped-down driving aggression of 'Codec' is every bit as good as any
of Mr Mau5's creations and Ellie Goulding's distinctive voice makes a welcome
appearance on the cataclysmic 'Fall Into The Sky. For my money, however,
the final instrumental track 'Epos' is the icing on the cake; a model of
what it is possible to achieve when a refined musical sensibility is aligned
to a deep understanding of what it takes to make us bump and bounce and burn!