Boomkat Product Review:
In retrospect Colder's debut album 'Again' was overhyped to death a few years back, meaning strong material from that record (see 'Crazy In Love') get unjustly overlooked whilst other electro acts (we're too polite to say) garner an unreasonable amount of accolades. Back with a new record 'Heat' (oh the Gaelic sense of humour!), Colder (aka Marc Nguyen Tan) has evidently had an eye on a number of disparate scenes during his hiatus which, based on the crashing electro drum intro of opening track 'Wrong Baby', would suggest 80's movie soundtracks are at least one of these. Based around what can only be described as 'power-drums', 'Wrong Baby' is GM enhanced electro-pop that'll have label boss Trevor Jackson blushing with pride as Joy Division bass and Nguyen Tan's dead pan vocals ("By my own baby love tonight") get it on with all the chrome plated pomp of a late night Polonaise. As if to provide antidote for this knees-up opening, 'Losing Myself' is an altogether darker beast that fulfils a comparison I never really understood on the first album (Air), albeit a successful appropriation of the electro-prog sound attempted on '10,000 Hurtz', instilled here with Can issued production. This more insular outlook is maintained on the almost (almost!) click cut, Casio beats of piano led 'The Winter's Field' and the scuffed, kick-drum couched fog (replete with echo laden vocals; "everything's turning red and green...") of 'Downtown'. Elsewhere, 'To The Music' is a potential chart botherer combining a burlesque electro opening with sleazy Oakey-esque vocals and Playgroup production, 'Your Face' is a Hammond drenched in sludge whilst 'Tonight' is like a disco classic in syrupy slow-motion, instilling each bleep and blop with a potent charge. Closing with a song that teeters on the very brink of IDM ('Burnt Out'), Colder has produced an album which has cast its gaze wider and accordingly brought home a much bigger and diverse catch.