Album Title: The Glow
Record Label: Large Music
Genre: Deep/Disco House
Release Date: 25th October 2011
Being a fan of Nathan G, I felt a rush of excitement and anticipation when I checked my mail and found out I’d be reviewing his new album, “The Glow”.
After the success of his track “Diamond’s in the Sky” I couldn’t wait to hear what this bloke from ‘down under’ had in store for us, and the fact the album is being released on the Chicago Large Music label just added to the fuzzy feeling I had inside.
After all, any label which can boast releases from the likes of Kerri Chandler, DJ Sneak, Roy Davis Junior and Dennis Ferrer can’t be bad and suffice to say I wasn’t disappointed!
The album is diverse! It’s great to see an artist who is clearly influenced by Disco, Soul, Jazz and Blues. These influences really shine through in his work.
Don’t expect too much of the same thing; as although predominantly it’s a House album there are no shortage of surprises like a touch of Broken Beat and some great Downtempo grooves. They add a very much welcome laid back vibe to an already impressive selection of tracks.
If you still need more convincing, there are vocal contributions from an impressive collection of featured artists. From Lisa Shaw on “Together” to Cecilia Stalin who delivers a laid back late night sounding vibe on “Love Letters”. Not to forget the legendary “Alexander East” who features on the first release from the album, “The Promise”.
There’s no doubt that Nathan G loves to sample and throughout the album there’s some very familiar sounding vocal snippets from old Disco classics to more recent house favourites.
The nice thing however is that there’s just enough familiarity to hook you but he keeps you wondering where you’ve heard it before by not giving too much away.
When listening to the penultimate track, “Slow Burning”, I keep finding myself singing “she sits alone in a smoke filled café”. Nicely done Nathan G!
REVIEW: Darren Rose
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