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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on September 7th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Crazy P

Crazy P – When We On
"It's probably a bit more... grown-up,” says Chris Todd, co-founder of house/disco masters, Crazy P, of their fifth studio album. This probably seems ominous for the majority of Crazy P’s fans since they penetrated the public eye in 2008 with the success of their critically acclaimed album Ship, Space, Return. The group, who were formed at Nottingham University in 1996, have seen a steady progression in their soul, house and disco music flavours since the band expanded and started touring around the world and the UK. This includes touring Australia several times to sold-out audiences. But what can we expect from their new album? Well quite a few things. The production of the album has been kept to founding members Jim Baron and Chris Todd who kept the creative process limited to themselves and Danielle Moore, Crazy P's vocalist. “With Stop Space Return we wrote the majority of that as a band,” says Jim Baron. “For this we decided to strip it back to me and Toddy writing with Danielle. We gave Danielle the Loop Station and she’s really taken to it. You can layer vocals, you can hear harmonies immediately, so she can jam along with us now. It shaped a lot of the vocal sound for the album.”

The funky notes that govern a lot of this album make sure you’re aware just who’s running things but this time with some extra bonuses. Take ‘Eruption’, flag shipped by a piercingly gorgeous rave piano figure. Expect a well known sample from Aretha Franklin as well as the biggest contender for future single in ‘Sonar’, which sees Danielle Moore’s vocals take off to another frenetic level. There definitely is a more reflective tone to a lot of the tracks but doesn’t take anything away from Crazy P’s charm as Todd explains. “We had quite a big year last year for lots of different reasons and we had difficulties too and I think a lot of the writing came out of that.”

Out 19th September on 2020 Vision records

Michael-Kiwanuka-Im-Getting-Ready1Michael Kiwanuka – I’m getting ready 
The young man from North London has been compared to the likes of Bill Withers – enough said. His soulful voice and easy melodies are creating a big name for himself and Mojo have already said that he’s a ‘genuine star in the making’. Having toured with Adele and making a name for himself through his rootsy, folkl soul, Kiwanuka has sold out most of his headline gigs. His new EP saw him work with Paul Butler, from The Bees, to create a harmonious array of melodies and soft chords. Be sure to check him out at Bush Hall on 21st September.

Out 18th September on Communion Records

Dod Heartbound Art

Dream on Dreamer – Heartbound 
Having just returned from a successful tour of the states, Australian rock outfit Dream on dreamer are coming to England to stake their claim as one of the biggest new hardcore bands around. With the release of their new album Heartbound to be released next week, the band play at London Underworld on 19th September to promote the release of their latest showing since their EP Hope came out last year. 

Out 12th September on Rise Records

(Record photo credit: Kate Berry)

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