Friday, August 07, 2009

Dotty about Join The Dots


WHAT I know about UK garage you could fit in a glove box - it's not much of a scene in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, as you'd probably guess.
But although I'd normally say "no selecta", I gave Join The Dots, the new album from London production duo Nextmen, and I have to say it was actually worth a rewind.
Then again, there's as much soul, reggae and hip hop here as there is UK garage - despite the presence of Ms Dynamite - to balance the LP.
The Cambridge-originating duo of Dom Search - real name Dominic Betmead - and Brad Baloo - real name Brad Ellis - hop genres from track to track, leading to some cracking hits, such as Round Of Applause, and a smattering of misses, like Love Someone.
Overall, the bigger picture is that Join The Dots is not a bad listen - even for an Ashbeian who can't dance.

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