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Night & Day
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Vinyl, July 20, 2010
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Double vinyl LP pressing. On his 2010 debut full-length Night and Day, Barcelona-born, Britain-based producer Oriol Singhji connects the dots between his musical interests. From Drum 'n' Bass and Dubstep to the '70s Fusion and experimentation of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder to the lush house of Theo Parrish, Larry Hearrd and Recloose, the album incorporates a wide variety of influences into a singular style that's exuberant and fresh.
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I'm definitely disappointed that the album didn't include a digital download of the album, but that's because I've been spoiled by so many others doing it. I love this album enough that the lack of mp3s does nothing to a 5-star rating in my book.
There's a certain nostalgia I found in this... it may sound negative to some, but it reminds me on some level of a really killer video game soundtrack. I count that as a positive myself. Whatever you liken it to, it's all about the vibe with this record, and it's good end-to-end. I'd argue that this is better as an album even than a track or two by themselves.
For instrumental music, it's amazing how often I find myself singing these tunes. In fact, my 4-year old son does the same after we've been listening in the car. We're both singing synth lead parts as we walk in the house.
To sum it up... great vibe, memorable hooks. Love this album. Want more.
Opener Joy FM splashes you immediately into the album's warm waters, a squiggly D. Train ride, endless jazz-funk sunshine, slap-bass paradise. Spiral recalls future-jazz master Herbie Hancock's mid-70s radio-friendly vocoder excursions like I Thought It Was You. Memories follows, an arcing descent into a tropicalia of nostalgia, of shinier, more sequencer-driven pop/funk times.
The eleven tracks on offer are a assembled from funky keyboards, extroverted beats and moog synths all screaming as loud as their collective circuits will let them. Liberally taking cues from disco, Detroit and Stevie Wonder but never losing their own identity. Everything here shimmers with Oriol's distinctive sound. Whether it's the ambient waves of `Coconut Coast', that sweep from the speakers hand-in-hand with laid-back percussion or the hi-energy vocals and euphoric keyboard runs of `The Process' their parentage is never in doubt.
And so the album continues, dappled and sparkling with the joys of disco summers past; a seafront, open-top cruise that takes in Coconut Coast and its soberly blissful Moog meanderings, before moving onto Fantasy For N, whose synths and flutes rise and ebb like swallows swooping over a hot, shimmering landscape.
It's as the album reaches its later stages, however, and the shadows lengthen, that Oriol's sleight of hand is revealed. There are more and more prompts to awaken you from 70s/80s nostalgic reverie. Any future Antiques Roadshow expert analyzing these beats would identify the rhythms of the title-track as belonging undoubtedly to the post-d`n'b era, while the edits and breaks on LW would puzzle the soulboy school of 1973.
Night And Day exudes joy from every pore and is a unique release from an artist effortlessly bridging the future and past to create something wonderful and new.