Chicane will always be known for his club anthems Offshore and Stillwater but on his new release he explores new avenues.
Thousand Mile Stare (Absolute), has more chill sounds like his Hijop or Windbreaks before the signature trance on the title track. Kate Walsh features on the mesmerising Playing Fields and South London rapper Aggi Dukes vocalises over Going Deep released last year and prompting internet ‘leaks’ of other tracks and remixes.
Chicane, producer/writer Nick Bracegirdle responded with a limited edition on a flash drive in the shape of a cassette which included rare unreleased mixes and the buyers name on the sleeve. Next week a deluxe version appears with five further tracks. This CD edition has 12 tracks and with Goldfish and Flotsum & Jetsum will still have the Balearics turning to this for anthemic moments.
Sigur Ros have written The Nothing Song for the album and its oddly commercial (for them) with electronica melodies, variable beat and over some Nick vocals.
The sixth Sigur Ros album Valtari (EMI), also appears this week and this takes ambient to new extremes. Varoeldur for one sets up atmospheres with angelic vocals adding reverence. Fjogur Piano is just one keyboard based track of mists and swirling strings resulting in a rare minimalism but there are some epic choral moments on this album too. Varuo embraces you then heads headlong into the abyss of percussion and voice before crashing to earth to the fade.
A timely release from Emin means he hopes to capitalise on his appearance as interval act on Eurovision last weekend. He hails from Azerbaijan but signed a global record deal with EMI Germany. His new album After The Thunder has plenty of big power numbers and actually the first single, ‘Baby Get Higher’ is well structured enough to hear over and over again.
Further vocal extremities follow all with strong production values but not as memorable as the single. That is until the emotions on the ballad ‘Dead Roses.