6th Borough Project are back with the follow up to their 2011 debut One Night In The
Borough. A hectic couple of years have been lived out by Graeme Clark and Craig Smith
during the making of this LP with Graeme continuing to play week in and week out as
Revenge and setting up his new imprint Roar Groove whilst Craig has established the
brilliant Fifty Fathoms Deep label. Studio time has been tight to say the least but that
hasn’t stopped the duo from pulling out all the stops and ensuring that this LP surpasses
the already sky-high benchmark set by it’s predecessor. Followers of 6th Borough
Project will be pleased to hear that all the low-slung, loopy, hypnotic vibes we’ve come to
expect are present and correct whilst the duo have still made sure to push things forward
with their sound, bringing a minimalist, housier edge to many tracks.
Things kick off with the Intro setting the mood, coming on like a bizarre dream that’s over
in a flash but seems to include an entire episode of your life and succeeds in
encapsulating the sentiment of the entire LP in 40 seconds! Soul, Beach, City, Gig, Party,
Energy, Relaxation.... It’s all here.
On Our Love we find a brilliantly lop-sided shuffling groove laying the foundation for some
classic 6BP-style vocal chops, easing us in gently with the warm up vibes. Things take a
slightly darker direction on U Know U with this heads-down track, a crisp, stripped-back
beat being joined by filtering pads and a distant vocal for company. Think It Over and In
Your Arms follow seeing the boys building things perfectly and increasing the party
atmosphere with two floor-friendly tracks which look set to be just a couple of the DJ’s
favorites from the LP. Dropping things down a notch we’re treated to the beautiful slow-mo
gem entitled Through The Night before heading deeper still on the tripped out, dark and
dubby The Call Back.
Back 2 Black picks up the tempo again for a percussion heavy workout with just a hint of
Africa emerging through the echoing stabs and sub bass. The party continues with Read
My Mind which brings us some brooding, up-tempo warehouse vibes to get immersed in
before F.E.E.L and a brand new LP version of previous single The Vibes pushes further
still in a darker, more abstract and clubby mood. Finally, we wind down with Walk Away,
making the perfect close for a brilliant, fresh and original LP from a highly talented couple
of producers whose passion and knowledge of music shines brightly here. Difficult
second LP clearly not an issue with 6th Borough Project!
Published: 30th January 2014