Melbourne music-maker Roland Tings is the latest talent from down under to make his name on the other side of the world. His early productions for 100% Silk caught the ear of Prins Thomas, who promptly ordered a debut album for his Internasjonal label. That album has finally arrived and, predictably, it's rather good. Largely cheery and melodious, it fuses the humid warmth of a Melbourne summer - as captured in the material of many of the city's beat-makers - with the synthesizer-heavy tunefulness of Scandolearic nu-disco and a myriad of classic house influences. He moves between tempos regularly, too, with some of the album's slower moments - particularly the early Aeroplane style Balearic chug of "Devotion" - outwitting their more obviously floor-friendly counterparts.
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