Four years on from breaching the pop charts with 'Right On!', Silicone Soul deliver...
Jack Smith 2005-03-23
Four years on from breaching the pop charts with "Right On!", Silicone Soul deliver the edifyingly rich new studio album. Comparitively their sound resides somewhere between the deep broken beats of Jazzanova and the spacious, progressivehouse of Circulation. Staring Into Space expertly embraces their funk-influenced past, whilst amalgamating contemporary electronica forces to create a stunning album.
This is a cross-pollination of dubbed out grooves ("Folie A Deux", "Smoke And Mirrors" and "Inferno") and deep, emotive house. In the latter camp, "Les Nocturnes" blends live musicianship with sampled loops and psychedelic soundscapes to create a contemporary slant on Jean Michel Jarre's analogue arias.
The fantastic "Under A Werewolf Moon" meanwhile pays homage to the acid house sound of the late 1980's (not unlike Robin S's kitsch "Show Me Love") whilst riding a melodic track that has been appropriately updated to suit the tastes of today's electronica generation.
On "Feeling Blue", the lead single, Craig Morrison and Graeme Reedie reunite with Louise Marshall, the voice behind "Right On!", and leave nothing to chance with a beautifully crafted anthemic composition (borrowing its hook from a Candi Staton composition) that melds chunky house grooves with disco strings and funky guitar riffs.
The only other full vocal offering features label mate Envoy on the lacklustre "You Can't Lose What You Never Had" - a downbeat number that sounds surprisingly out of place. It's the only blot on an otherwise exceptional collection that refreshingly melds elements of traditional funk and jazz with bits of ambient-dub, house tempos and sprawling orchestral pop.
With Daft Punk having recently left an unsightly stain on dance music's copy book with their lacklustre Human After All album you would do well to reaffirm your faith and get a copy of this once it hits the shelves.