Back to the dancefloor at Ministry, where towards the end of the night the delightfully smooth strings and floating melodies of ‘No Pressure’ put the confusion and directionless of the rest of the night into perspective. It combines James’ raw gritty side with popping digital effects and Nic’s traditional ear with some beautifully crafted string patterns. It’s a great production: it has direction, it has emotion, and it is the result of James and Nic hitting the same wavelengths in the studio. ‘Rover’, however, isn’t in the same league. There’s some nice frog like croak effects here, a low-end booty shaking bass there, but much like a book that builds to a dud ending, it leaves you wanting.
So the jury is still out on James and Nic as a DJ pairing, and as a production duo too, but the quality of ‘No Pressure’ proves the concept of One + One has merit. If ‘No Pressure’ is the evidence, there is no reason why adding one and one shouldn’t regularly double the outcome.