Monday, September 28, 2020
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Artist: Syncopix (@)
Title: Benevolence
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Syncopix Records (@)
Rated: *****
The appetizer "I Miss You Too", which came just before the official launching of the whole album, mouthwatering many followers of the more "elastic" side of liquid drum'n'bass. Such a title could sound like a declaration of love as well as a statement and the preannounced beloved and highly-expected benevolent act by Roland Bogdahn, better known as Syncopix, got finally served on the heated plate of his imprint. Besides the appetizer mentioned above, Roland explored different styles of the genre over the last years, but it seems he was just preparing the ground for a clearer stylistic definition. The thirteen tracks of "Benevolence" can be reasonably considered the spurt of Syncopix's soul seeking. I wouldn't say he added something new to the genre and in places like the opening "Fast Life", some airy jazzy or almost Balearic tunes such as "Bey-Bey", "Yesterdays" or "Airways" or the almost romantic beat drops of "I Love Her" - superlative vocals, that could let you imagine Jim Morrison on the mic! -, he seems to pedal back (very quickly!) towards that way of rolling beats up by many guests and settles of Hospital Records. The whole tone of the album steps up nimbly through soulful rolling grooves, spongy lush synth-driven patterns and somehow melodic power sliding, that become really catchy when they become punchier and punchier ("Where One Is", "Who You Are" or the perfectly clipped cuts of "Peaceful Warrior", my favourite moment of the album)... An engaging bouncy journey till the cheerfully bright "Happy Ending"!


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