Review: Daniel Terndrup, simply known as Daniel T, returns to our charts and shelves with this masterful new LP for the Cascine imprint, the aptly named Heliotrope. On first appearance, this album could seem like abstract electronics all over but, in reality, it's more of a delightful and refreshing spin on pop music; the producer's involvement in the Cosmic Kids project is clearly audible from the start, with tunes like "Call" or "Moonlight Bounce" sounding like they would not be out of place on the Drive soundtrack. As for the rest of the album, however, Daniel T heads into deep waters, progressing his futuristic take on pop music with edgy drum machine loops that remain firmly on the off-kilter end of the scale. Just how we like it.
It Feels Good To Be Around You (feat Air France) (3:33)
Right, Off The Bridge (4:09)
Second Wave (3:57)
Song For Zoe & Gwen (3:56)
Review: Yumi Zouma hail from Christchurch, New Zealand, and are purveyors of a brand of sparkling pop that transcends retro chic with both seductive melody and electronic invention to spare. The release of this compendium of their two EPs thus far seems slightly misplaced at the start of autumn, as you'll be hard pushed to find many records more summery than these marriages of slick R&B production vaues, soulful slink and disco hedonism. If these lazy and luminous tracks belong in any kind of club they'd be one on a beach, as it's hard to avoid thoughts of warm tropical evenings while basking in this collection.
Review: Based in New Zealand, yet with their members having created this album from France and the US, Yumi Zouma - who have already supported the likes of Lorde - are purveyors of synth-driven songcraft of an agreeably infectious stripe. There's a pop sheen to 'Yoncalla' certainly, not to mention a dash of the electronic eccentricity of The Knife as much as the technicolor sprawl of The Naked And Famous. Yet largely this collection of summery ditties triumphs by nature of its collision between uplifting splendour and lustrous melancholia, forming a breezy yet beatific sound that proves this trio can transcend geography to provide both style and succour.