At times, Personal Momentz is pitch-black in its despair. "Dark Heartz" sounds like a revved-up Levon Vincent, with drums ricocheting in a thick fog of bass, while a demonic voice repeats "especially… when you are… alone." But that's just one aspect of an album that is varied and thoughtful in its emotional tone. This is not a bleak listen.
Beyond its thumping kick, "DAD" is adorned with xylophone and reverb-drenched keyboards. It's a tribute of quiet, loving beauty. There are also moments of black humour (a comedian riffing on the price of funerals), uplifting spiritual succour (the fathoms-deep house of "Angels (Ascending)") and tired resignation. "It's just one of those things," repeats the sample that runs through the groovy, insidious "Thingz And Stuff." That track, lightly constructed from a beat, some rubbery low-end, ravey stabs and a whirring string sample, is typically brilliant in its pared-back precision.
Indeed, even though Personal Momentz was written in just ten days, it might be Mr. G's most accomplished album to date. Even at its most barrelling, Colin McBean's music always feel warm and human. His magical way with bass and that ancient analogue kit he uses gives his tracks a woody soulfulness. But here he's slowed the pace a little and allowed himself to stretch out musically and melodically, particularly in his use of vocal samples. The effect is compelling—think a more chilled-out, reflective Floorplan. If anyone ever tells you that electronic music cannot convey the full spectrum of human emotion, show them Personal Momentz.