Barbarossa - 'Bloodlines'

Nears Hot Chip’s disco-pop, flirts with hip-hop, and blends lyrical emotiveness with slow-tempo electronic touches

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  • Release Date 05 Aug, 2013
  • Record Label Memphis Industries
7 / 10
Barbarossa means red beard in Italian, and that’s the sort of facial fuzz you’d expect of an acoustic singer-songwriter whose debut album, ‘Chemical Campfires’, came out on King Creosote’s Fence Records in 2007. But while James Mathé’s ginger fluff remains, the bucolic vibes do not. The closest ‘Bloodlines’ comes to rustic is its use of analogue synths and Casiotone keyboards. His reinvention nears Hot Chip’s disco-pop on ‘Pagliaccio’, flirts with hip-hop via the big beat and looping riff of ‘Turbine’, and blends lyrical emotiveness with slow-tempo electronic touches on ‘SIHFIY’.

Simon Butcher

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