Thursday, May 16, 2013 1 Comment
I have just returned from a journey of kinds… a journey in which I was offered salvation for my recent bubblegum pop-laden listening sins, and one from which I was reticent to return. In the words of Chris Geiger, “All journeys eventually end in the same place, home.” Strangely enough, that is precisely where this journey began…
Home is the aptly entitled debut album from UK drum and bass quartet, Rudimental. I have been keenly anticipating its release ever since their single, Not Giving In, became my favourite track to attempt to blow my speakers to in 2012. It was one of two Rudimental tracks released last year featuring soul-drenched vocals from British singer John Newman, both of which powered through the Australian charts and landed solidly in the Top 20 of the annual triple-j Hottest 100. A further track released earlier this year- Waiting All Night- which features the powerful and enchanting vocals of UK singer Ella Eyre has enjoyed a similar reception in local and international charts, and for good reason. This trifecta of bass thumping, horn jiving, soul caressing hits epitomize the musical stylings of Rudimental and what you can expect from their debut album.
With a recurring theme of defying the odds woven poetically through their tracks, the album as a whole managed to leave me feeling uplifted, energised and ready to flying-sidekick my way into a brighter tomorrow. Aside from the tracks already mentioned, standouts for me include the album’s namesake tune and opening mantra which unashamedly drips with soulful sexuality, and the uplifting and gospel-invoking track, Free, featuring Emeli Sande, which befittingly rounds off this standout album. The inclusion of these more subdued and somewhat dreamy tracks perfectly compliments the hyper pace of the rest of the album.
I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, but I do believe I was transported to a higher place when I visited the Home of Rudimental. Do yourself a favour and give it a listen!
Rudimental – Home
Listen to it when: You want to feel uplifted
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