Vondelpark - 'Seabed'

Translating dance music’s pleasure principle into spare boxroom jams

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  • Release Date 01 Apr, 2013
  • Record Label R&S
6 / 10
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.

ouise Brailey

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