I'm very impressed with this album, if you enjoy dance music that holds together soul, electronica and house then you should do too. While this album is clearly informed by the past it is not backward looking. AZARI & III are among a number of acts presently taking their inspiration from the past 30 years of dance culture and fusing what they like into something interesting and innovative. For me their sound seems to capture some of the innocence and freedom of the early days of house. Give it a try.
Azari & III (pronounced third apparently) début album is an absolute corker. So often after a few excellent singles, dance acts can let you down when it comes to producing a full album. Not so with Azari who have come up with a group of tracks that sound very fresh but with a distinctly old school flavour. The writing and production on each track is excellent and Azari have crafted a sound that is very distinct while still feeling part of the Jamie Jones/Hot creations/Art Department sort of sound that was starting to get big in Ibiza this year. Highly recommended.
I heard 'Reckless (with your love)' on Pete Tong and had the album bought before it even finished playing on the radio. Forget your recycled Hed Kandi rubbish, if you have a love of 'classic' house music (Ten City especially come to mind here) then please purchase this record. A real old chicago flavour running through every track. Most importantly it stands up to repeat listens.
This highly-anticipated album from the Canadian duo will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in quality house music - and if you like your electronica with shades of late 80's/early 90's synths and vocal influences you might just be onto something here. Definitely worth a pop.