Given that he's been active since the dawn of the decade and released countless singles on a wide variety of labels, it's something of a surprise to find that Nutrition is Jamie Roberts' debut album. Pleasingly, he's not altered his style to fit the format, instead opting to showcase six tough techno tracks in his usual fearless, club-ready style. Of course, there's still a certain amount of variety present - compare, for example, the end-of-days industrial motifs, foreboding textures and clattering drums of "Calcium Read" and the metallic, early morning tribal thrust of "Mayhem" - it's just that Roberts has no intention of compromising his principles. For that, he should be applauded.
It's finally here! After years of waiting, Phil and Dan Brookes make up for lost time with some of their finest, most detailed and soulful material to date. From the moment the rising chords and wavy disco halftime soul of "The One" open the LP to the final heartfelt sentiments of "We Got Love" close it, this is the sound of the London brothers really crafting and sculpting their signature. Highlights include the elastic bassline pings of "Now I'm Found", the surging warmth, light-touched drums and Reds' honeyed dulcets on "All About You" and the already massive "Carry Me On" but that's just the tip of the iceberg - this is really is a beautiful piece of work.