Crosstown Rebels continue to demonstrate their incredible aptitude for astute and diverse A & R by unveiling One Seven Six and their first release 'Islands In The Sky', a carefully concocted blend of organic electronica oozing with pop sensibility and two killer Brennan Green remixes!!
One Seven Six aka Matt Allchin & James McCool are a writing/production duo from London that fuse boutique quantum philosophy with loose musical morals, introducing you to the deep armchair of your mind.
Title track 'Islands In The Sky' displays the duos musical ability early on with a soft, electric piano melody accompanying an infectious guitar riff. Shimmering keys sweep across the mix, clearing the path for a slick disco bassline to provide the backdrop for the lush vocals of David Ashby. Prepare to be swept away to another dimension by the image-evoking wordplay. The second original track 'The Theory Of Strings' starts slightly deeper with the low end working alongside human breaths, gently building to a climax that spills over into more neat guitar work. Airy, atmospheric pads and various percussive elements grow creating a sense of drama that is relieved by an 80's electro breakdown. Once again the duos songwriting skills are the highlight, as is the way infectious vocal hooks are expertly crafted around the musical foundations.
No stranger to the Crosstown camp since his remix of Luke Solomon’s ‘Demons’ 2008, Chinatown boss Brennan Green steps up for remixes and dutifully delivers two cuts of the title track, spiced up by his sleazy breed of disco inflected, intergalactic, cosmos house. Trademark cowbells, claves and shakers on these grooving slo-mo house jams ensure they get the full NYC cosmic disco treatment. Also featured is Brennan’s heads dub for darker moments.
Published: 6th September 2012