Boomkat Product Review:
The great Matthew Herbert returns with his first new material of 2010, a year that will see him release a trilogy of albums. The first of these is One One, a solo album in the purest sense, that finds Herbert fulfilling all roles - even stepping up to the mic for a spot of singing. Given some of the strange sound sources Herbert has called upon for the various concept albums he's released over the years, the idea of placing his own voice at the centre of his arrangements seems relatively mundane, yet for a man famed for the extravagance of his productions and the scale of his Big Band works, undertaking such an intimate project is a fairly radical departure. 'Leipzig' sets up Herbert as a soulful singer-songwriter, still calling upon his deftness of touch with electronics yet in a far more minimal and unfettered fashion than before. The swooning, jazzy tones of the arrangement combine with a nocturnal, narcotic vocal line for a promising first taster of this new, song-based material, and the single comes complete with an instrumental edit and the more emphatically beat-oriented 4/4 funk of the JJTop remix.