High on the list is ‘Da Hype’, the uplifting vocals from Robert Smith shamefully neglected by British radio and unexpectedly absent on this promo copy. A huge shame, since the track recalls early Daft Punk but with a stronger vocal personality. It makes for a great start here, and moves straight into ‘Stupidisco’, a brilliant send up of an 80s electronic disco sound, euphoric female chorus and filtered beats combining for a winning formula.
Trust It diversifies from here on, as ‘Fuck The System’ shows an unexpected heaviness, turning more tribal in style. ‘Alone’ moves into a sweet Balearic melancholy, whilst the saxy ‘Hola’ profits from a distinctly Spanish flavouring. Then it’s ‘E Samba’, still massive, although placed a bit too close to the similar sounding ‘Thrill Me’ towards the end of the album. ‘Luv 2 U’ goes all helium voiced, a good injection of humour, but the biggest surprise is saved for the end and ‘Must Be The Darkness’, a spoken word vocal pitched against some tougher break beats. Not quite what you’d expect from the pen of Jack – the cynical might say that he’s trying out all styles to make a varied LP, but he clearly knows his stuff here. At least we avoid the dreaded chill out track so many albums fall victim to!
You’ll have gathered this is a very strong album release from Defected, and one of the best house records currently around. All good dancefloors should have at least one of these tunes!