So the eagerly awaited debut album by one of the UK’s hottest producers has been out a few weeks now and having let the dust settle its time to see what its really about.
Labrinth came onto our radars back in 2010 when he produced Tinie Tempah’s number one track ‘Pass Out’. Soon after this he released his first solo single ‘Let the Sun Shine’ (which features on the album) but its been a good year and a half since that. Was the album really worth the wait?? In my opinion, yes!!!!
Its a trubute to all the good parts of pop music! Not Hip Hop, not Grime, not Rock, not Dubstep, not Dance, but a little bit of all of these wrapped up in an uplifting electronic package that is perfect to get you in the party mood. Lab’s lyrics aren’t gonna have you screwing up your face like you do when you hear Tinie, Kano, Devlin or Busta, but its ok cause they’re all on here too!!
Electronic earth opens strong with ‘Climb on Board’, sweet breakbeats, urgent pianos, lush pads and signature vocoda vocals set the mood for things to come. ‘Last time’ and the albums best track ‘Earthquake'(another Tinie Tempah collab) are already big tunes having had lots of airplay but its the stuff you haven’t heard that add that “ok you are a damn good producer for 22 years of age”. ‘Treatment’ would be totally at home in a Coldplay set. ‘Express Yourself’ is sure to be a 2012 summer anthem. It’s not as hard hitting as Dr Dre and Ice Cube’s N.W.A version but is just as feel good as S.O.U.L’s original and a definitely worthy cover. The stand out track for me though (after Busta tearing down an ‘Earthquake’ remix) is ‘Up in Flames’. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/5490605″ iframe=”true” /]Beautifully simple rolling dubstep baselines complemented by minimal instrumentation and a killer verse by Devlin have you wanting to crank up the volume(eleven please)!
Overall Electronic Earth gets [rating:3.5]
If you liked previous tracks you won’t be disappointed, if this is your intro to Labrinth hurry up and get on it!!!