Boomkat Product Review:
He finally did it! Finn’s xmas album is upon us, playing into a classic seam of seasonal schtick with the sort of instant club-ready charm, wall-to-wall hooks and bittersweet feels that the pivotal Manchester DJ/producer has made his name with since 2014, including a bunch of pals along for the ride. If The Other People Place and Kevin Saunderson made a xmas album...
Inviting guests I. Jordan and Martyn Bootyspoon to gurn in the grotto, ‘No More Coal (A Christmas Dance Record)’ also features nuff chimes for the silly season, all set to mutant hybrids of Jersey house, deep speed garage, old skool’ardcore and big ol’ piano house vamps. To be fair you could get away with rinsing it out any time, but there’s a cockle-warming vibe that lends itself well to dancing-instead-of-putting-the-heating-on, or shaking off a motherland of turkey and sprouts around ye traditional box o’ celebrations.
Finn’s longtime production spar I. Jordan helps make ‘Babybell’ a proper highlight with its carillon riff and cashmere Reese bass glyde brimming full of tingling synths, while Martyn Bootyspoon does his best Jamie Principle on ‘This Time of Year’. But our favourites have to be the happy-sad nostalgic 80’s synthpop melodrama ‘Wonderful Time’, the Todd Edwards-meets-Romance style sampler chops and spritz of ‘A Christmas House Track’ and his groggy beauty ‘Some Thing I Can Choose’.
A xmas album that isn’t shit, cheers Finn.