At last the first decent dance album of the year has been produced. We hear far too many albums from big name DJ’s which are practically thrown together with little thought being given to flow, concept or diversity. Enter 25-year-old Myles MacInnes, hailing from the quaint Isle of Skye (of all places), who has managed to cover all three bases with his impressive debut, Destroy Rock & Roll.
The album kicks off with glorious opener Valley Of the Dolls and instantly has soundtrack to the summer written all over it. It’s an uplifting instrumental that is both warm and atmospheric and features stunning orchestral composition. Sunworshipper and Prince influenced, Guilty Of Love are in the same vein of blissed-out summer grooves crammed with atmosphere. The latter sounds like a tasty cross between R’yksopp and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) with plenty of funk and retro style loops and layers, keeping things interesting.
Recent single Muscle Cars features smooth pattering synths and nods to the electro genre. Carrying on the electro clash tip, Musclecar Reform Reprise is fairly impressive and easily stands up against most tracks from Felix’s Kitten and the Glitz.
Then it’s onto the twisted house sounds of Drop the Pressure, a track aimed straight at the dance floor with deliriously bouncy bass lines and a wicked vocal hook. It should come as no surprise that Drop The Pressure has already achieved anthem status in clubland. Paris Four Hundred is an equally impressive track also aimed straight at the dance floor. It’s dark yet funky and crammed with bleeps and synths providing a real spacey feel to it.
The French house influence is clear as day on tracks like In My Arms, Otto’s Journey (this is what Daft Punk’s Discovery was crying out for more of), and Rikki, the no-holds-barred, straight up, filtered slice of French house. Far from innovative (the whole French house thing has been done to death by everybody and their granny!) but these tracks are simple, inoffensive, deliciously smooth and catchy as hell!
The album closes in a similar style to the way in which it opens, taking us back to chilled and dreamy vibes: Need You Tonite is a swooning orchestral piece, while Emotion 98.6 is one of the most laidback tracks I’ve heard in a while (and sure to be massive in the Balearics) ‘ it seems like the perfect way to end things.
The purity and serenity of Myles’ surroundings shines through on this gem of a debut, and although it hardly pushes any boundaries and covers old ground, it’s still an incredibly uplifting piece of work. Obvious comparisons are being drawn to the likes of R’yksopp, Groove Armada and Zero 7 but to be fair Mylo has produced a well-balanced album with no filler in sight. It’s plain to see the amount of thought that has gone into constructing it, and for this he deserves at least some credit!
Destroy Rock & Roll (2004)
Record Label: Breast Fed