Review: The duo of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore first struck pop gold in 2008 with an extravagant sound that took sweet-tooth pop hooks and burnished them in a particularly '80s style radiance. 'Two Vines', partially recorded in Hawaii, sees the twosome building on their trademark kaleidoscopic flourishes, grabbing the assistance of luminaries and kindred spirits like Lindsey Buckingham and Wendy Melvolin to capture a sun-kissed and seductive sound as rich in melody and melancholy as it is in texture and production sheen. Reclaiming the pop landscape with artistic sleight-of-hand, 'Two Vines' is proof that this duo's pop smarts as as colourful as Steele's outlandish wardrobe.
Review: On the face of it, this full-length collaboration between ambient legend Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde is an enticing proposition. With the duo's respective track records, you'd expect Someday World to be a bit of a cracker. Somewhat surprisingly, it's not quite as stunning as you might expect but there are enough brilliant moments to warrant further investigation. Check, for example, the slowly building sci-fi jazz madness of "When I Built This All", the jaunty, off-kilter beauty of the Different Trains-inspired "Strip It Down" and the textured, shoegaze-tinged "To Us All"; all three are simply superb.
Review: The most recent release in an incredibly fertile and prolific period, "Light At The End Of The World" proves Erasure's creative vitality, musical influence and cultural relevance is just nearing it's peak more than twenty years and twenty million albums into their historic collaboration. This album is a potent return to the classic, totally electronic Erasure.