The Colour Red eases in slowly—why rush when the thing's 55 minutes long? "Divide In Two," a furtive dance of lifelike drumming and tremolo'd keys, twists spryly out of your grasp, while "Virgo" is a straighter house hypnotiser sunk in gooey filtered pads. Both are pleasant but not so memorable. It takes "We All Had Legs," with its louche chords, to really catch the ear. These sorts of chords, deft and live-sounding, crown several of the tracks.
They're wistful on "Won't Be Long," a steamier accumulation of shakers, cymbals and distant birdcall. At the release's tail-end the chords provide a sort of pay-off: first on the sweet "By The Rhythms," where Rhodes-like keys get a whistling accompaniment, and then on the far-out title track, which loses itself in a pleasant modal swirl. In between are some (even) subtler treats. "Not Any More" is a deep house bubble bath, smooth and gurgling and shot through with longing. And the throbbing "Shufflers" places Ellis's percussion front and centre. You might come to these tracks for their delicacy, but you'll stay for their sly groove.