By: Anand Harsh
Ninja Tune imprint Counter is riding high on the release of ODESZA's In Return back in September, and it appears the label has struck gold once more. Landing the third studio record from UK's Submotion Orchestra, the early peek we've gotten at Alium has all the hallmarks of breakout success.
The seven-piece outfit plays in the liminal frontier somewhere between Bonobo and Little Dragon. The airy vocals of Ruby Wood float above a deftly woven sonic quilt of precise instrumental flavors. Nothing comes on too strong, nor is it flimsy, easily dismissed. Instead, the sum is much greater, lifting the group to soaring heights of accessibility, without coming off as banal.
Who better to trust their most mainstream offering from the new record out November 25th, "Trust / Lust," than the capable hands of Laurent Clerc. The Little People remix is a delicate build into an emphatic, near-house number. Over the course of four plus minutes, Clerc pushing Wood's voice, compelling it to rise to the challenge of approaching bustle. The single, slated for a November 17 release, gets the royal treatment from a master in downtempo majesty.
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