Translating dance music’s pleasure principle into spare boxroom jams
There’s no record of what went down in the Boiler Room chatroom when Vondelpark played live for them in 2011, but it probably wasn’t an outpouring of getting it. The Surrey three-piece inhabit the world of DJs and producers but are actually a mellow band who translate dance music’s pleasure principle into spare boxroom jams. ‘Blue Again’ and ‘Quest’ combine R&B yearning with spacious production and hazy guitar, and they dip into a slick AOR palette on the excellent title track. But for every James Blake moment there’s a Jamie Woon one, and ‘Seabed’ could do with less mopiness. You’d think they didn’t want to be invited back to the party.