Review: 2nd album from Cinnamon Chasers, Science is the second album from Cinnamon Chasers, the best known alias of producer Russ Davies. It's a very different beast to his most recent single, 2010's Balearic-nudisco sleeper hit "The Bomb". Whereas that was squarely aimed at the dancefloor, Science explores poppier pastures. Unashamedly melodic, heavy on FX-laden vocals (think auto tune and/or vocoder) and rippling with radio-friendly synth riffs, it sounds like a hipster-matic fusion of Aeroplane, Friendly Fires, Kris Mencace and Alan Braxe, with a dash of Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre thrown in. While those who loved "The Bomb" may struggle to connect, the bittersweet melodies and sparkling synths are hard to resist.
Review: Rising solo act Cinnamon Chasers has delivered an array of upbeat synthpop, electrofied disco house and mutant italo across no less than five releases already this year as well being specially commissioned to remix some classics from the Roxy Music vault. The Kinks offspring adds to his glowing reputation with "Future Disco" - a one off journey into Vangelis inspired soundscapes which is very much in the same vein as "You" from his recent Sunset Drive EP. A simple but effective 4 x 4 kick is soon joined in the fray by a blissful undulating synth washes and eventually a hypnotic melody which becomes the core of the track as the seven minutes play out.
Review: Russ Davies' solo project delivers another uplifting nu-disco, electro-tinged offering that comes with a hefty and impressive remix package. "Luv Deluxe" blends light disco with big melodies to create a pop friendly number with an indie dancefloor feel. Widening its appeal with seven mixes, this looks like being a crossover hit in early 2010.