2020 Soundsystem's love of everything from trippy tech-house to breezy disco runs...
Paul Sullivan 2006
In the years since its inception 2020 Soundsystem, a four-piece live project headed by 2020 Vision boss Ralph Lawson, has managed to prove itself a serious concern.
Lawson's love of everything from trippy tech-house to breezy disco runs through the bones of this debut album, albeit augmented by splashes of indie rock and heavy doses of electro clash. It's further embellished by collaborations with vocalist Diane Charlemagne and NYC band The Glass.
Kicking off with "Hit The Fan", a chubby slice of electro-house with computer generated retro synths meshing with plucked basslines, the album ebbs and flows steadily through house-paced cuts that balance live musicianship with plenty of dancefloor pump.
Wisely, given their clubby audience, many of the tracks contain cursory lyrical content, placing a much larger emphasis on rhythms and groove than on the songwriting, notable exceptions being the upbeat "Won't Bother Me" and the brooding, New Order-esque title track (both written with The Glass).
Their live chops are illustrated on a bonus disc recorded live at Sonar. Though the set is flawlessly executed and contains many extra tracks, it can't compare to seeing the band kick ass on stage which was the whole point of forming in the first place, of course.