Recloose: Perfect Timing
is no doubt that Matthew Chicone-aka Recloose has a sense of
humour. His fourth album carries the title Perfect Timing
and a first glance at the track timings on the album cover
lists them all being delivered at 3' 45". Some creative feat
to put it mildly and one that might put the superficial
music buyer off thinking that they have been short changed!
That would be a shame as the album exudes some of the best
new generation electronic soul and funk heard in a long
of Prince is heard everywhere particularly on the uptempo
funk anthems such as 'The Sanctuary' which features
the vocals of a new recruit to the group called Tyna. Broken
beat jazz is in evidence with the opener 'Catch a Leaf'
with the accomplished phrasing of another new recruit Rachel
Frasier adding real ingredients to Matthew's largely
circular pro-tool riffs.
It is however
with the stunning cool summer swayer of the album's first
single 'Deeper Waters' that the project moves to
another level. Fat Freddy's Drop vocalist Joe Duckie brings
soft smooth tones that shout out 'romance' and add to
it a soulful jazz sax played in short bursts then the rest
can be left to the imagination! This track is indeed a rare
gem and will probably be featured many times on numerous
compilation albums over the next twelve months or so.
album should appeal to those who like their funk well
produced in an electronic style with some soul and
occasionally a subtle nu jazz undercurrent.