It starts with talking drum tones and Vangelis` helicopter, switching to Fairlight highlife, 303s, Pierre`s serendipity, and Jefferson`s House anthem. As each track begins I think, “Ah that sounds like something I`ve heard before… but I can`t quite remember what”, and for me that’s the essence of why Phillip Lauer`s solo stuff works, that it sounds like music you`ve heard before but isn`t. An instant hit of nostalgia from something new.
Love technique and a sad reprise of Ibiza`s `89 sunshine optimism, those pianos off somewhere in the distance. Italian scream-ups, Ester B and Asha paying tribute to poor Janis. The Beat Club`s “Security” is plunged aquatic, sent swimming amongst brightly coloured coral reefs. Vigilante melodica, tribal pounding, minor chords, and Arthur Baker synthesized brass and b-lines. Zanga Zanga at Shoom. Bye Bye Stembi.
The overriding reference throughout though is classic New Order. There are touches of everything from “Evil Dust” to “Vanishing Point”. I`d love to hear a collaboration. Can someone please get Bernard Sumner on the phone?