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Joe Goddard – Taking Over EP

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Label: Greco-RomanScore: 7.5/10

In the electronic music world, synthesisers are a way of life. Joe Goddard – of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears fame – is aiming to bring a bit of beauty to what can be a clinically digital scene. Taking Over, his latest EP for the eclectic Greco-Roman collective, strives to tug at the heartstrings while retaining the essence of nightlife energy.

She Burns goes great lengths to realising this ambition – Mara Carlyse’s vocal delivery is initially so fragile that want to climb into your speakers to cradle her in your arms, this chrysalis then unfurling into a ethereal array of fuzz and twinkles.

The more determined Bassline ’12 keeps up this shimmering atmosphere, with dappling arpeggios dancing around tight electro percussion. In comparison, Step Together – featuring veteran producer Boris Dlugosch – feels relatively unadventurous and out of place, treading the path of familiar piano led house.

Finishing up, title track Taking Over has a curiously end-of-night reflective mood, this for a piece whose motivation is that moment when a night has you firmly in its grasp. Still, the easy going keys and lazy guitar serves as an apt piece of punctuation for a collection that wears its heart on its sleeve.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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