It can be painfully apparent when music is this good as it transcends the dullness of everything else around it. Peter Oakden aka Frederick has produced something that is both soulful (in the real sense of the word) and yet challenging, vibrant. Understated drums and the gentle roll of keys create a questioning atmosphere for Take My Hand with which the emotive vocals fit perfectly in. The wonderful 6th Borough Project version then adds heavier kicks alongside Detroit flavoured basslines, all of which provide a warmer glow to the arrangement while retaining the essential essence. The chiming resonance of Looponic follows with deeper moods explored via the first-rate All Is Well edit, leaving the rigorous rhythms of Ruled By Fire to complete with a heady sequence of flashing keys and uplifting moments care of Selina Campbell’s soaring vocals.
Release: December 13