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A quality debut
on 3 September 2007
I think this is a superb debut...it has everything I could hope for in an electronic album, filthy basslines, great beats and production, melodies to make your heart flutter.
There are a few things that these guys are being judged by which I think are totally unfair...firstly this is not an Orbital album, its something new and incomparable. Secondly, its a debut, a record from which a fine foundation is being laid. And lastly, the assumption that (because they have been playing these tracks live for a while) record deals and albums just materialise and distribute themselves in a timely way when you have finished writing some songs...It may have been nicer to have the album 12 months ago, but that decision is not in necessarily their hands (i am guessing).
As far as the music goes, lush electronica that is stirring and compelling throughout. 'Madness and Me' really is a stand-out track...Kelly Malone's voice is literally breathtaking and as a song it is perfectly formed, from the piano and string intro to an eye watering but understated crescendo and deep and sublime drum programming and layered analogue pads throughout.
Ambient tracks in there, as with all the tracks are well produced and nicely arranged, particularly 'Three' with echoes of Asteroth and Arovane.
'Which Way Now' is a bullet train breakbeat number, which is completely unique from anything in the breaks scene and quite frankly that is because the scene is missing something! And although I said its unfair to compare these guys to Orbital, if you like Orbital you will love this (Yes ok...I am a hypocrite!).
Personally I think it is 2 or three tracks short of a full album and I think I may have preferred to wait another 3 months or so for those to complete 'my' Long Range long player.
If you like your electronica diverse and uplifting then add this to your basket without hesitation.