'Different Sides Of The Sun' is the début studio album from house collective 'Hot Natured'. The supergroup is made up of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss (Hot Creations) as well as Luca C and Ali Love (Infinity Ink).
If you have heard singles Benediction
, Reverse Skydiving
then you already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this album. If you haven't heard them - then you probably actually have unknowingly; that's because Hot Natured's retro throwback to the 1980s Chicago House scene is unapologetically radio friendly. So much so that Hot Natured's singles seem to have a regular slot on B.Traits Radio 1 show (the stand in for Annie Mac who is on maternity leave).
There is nothing wrong with plugging radio friendly tracks in this way before a release, in fact it is of course fairly common. Daft Punk's Get Lucky
sold 38,887 copies in three days, making it the best-selling digital single in a one-week period. But what of the rest of the album?
For Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
was intriguingly diverse. For Hot Natured, quite the contrary. In fact once you get past the first few singles (placed right at the start of the album) the tracks begin to bob around without much intent. Aside from 'Take You There' and 'Physical Control' (which are stand out tracks for me) even the inclusion of Roisin Murphy
fails to arouse much more than a fleeting interest. There is an inoffensive Balearic aura to all of the tracks which makes this album pleasant, but the album lacks innovation which ultimately makes the record forgettable. Listening to this album I can't help but think of Disclosure
- not because of their freshness but because they both fail to extend far beyond their released tracks. If you like the singles then for sure you will like this album - but for me there are far more interesting electronic releases
going on right now.
Listen To: 'Reverse Skydiving', 'Take You There', 'Physical Control'