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Cooly G - 'Playin' Me'
A futuristic-sounding debut from the Brixton DJ
Both come with trickling, minimal beats and the deepest of drops. Other points see Cooly use her voice as an instrument, as on the synth stab that decorates the album’s title track. And there are moments with no vocals at all, like the killer drum breakdown on ‘It’s Serious’ that’s by far the funkiest moment on the record. But the best thing about ‘Playin’ Me’ is that for all its futuristic swirl, it’s a record about living in London in 2012. About late buses home, about crushing on new guys you spot in a foggy club, about going “down the street” with your mates to get a bite to eat. The only weak moment – and it’s a clanger – is a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Trouble’, which disrupts the album’s flow. But as an overall body of work it’s a homage to real life, and to seduction. As ‘Landscapes’ goes, it’s an album to make you “feel, feel, feel”.
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