Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CD Review: Zero 7's Best Of On "Record"

Zero 7 is the British musical duo of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. Their careers began back in the early 90's engineering music for the Pet Shop Boys and Robert Plant. In 1997, the duo made a remix of Radiohead's "Climbing Up The Walls" that caught the attention of BBC Radio 1. Zero 7 has gone on to do remixes of songs for Lenny Kravitz and Sneaker Pimps. Their debut album was released in 2001 and after ten years and four albums, Zero 7 thought is was the right time for a "best of" album entitled simply "Record."

Released back in June, "Record" captures a lot of the group's greatest recordings on one CD. The music on this "best of" album doesn't sway much from its amniotic, trance like soundscapes. The one factor that makes the songs standout is the different lead singers involved. The smooth voice of Jose Gonzalez on "Futures" and the deep tones of Mozez on "I Have Seen" give the album a bit of a masculine touch before the ladies take over. Zero 7's favorite singer, Sia, appears throughout the album with her quiet, almost whisper-like vocals. Singer Eska lends her vocals to the dance-floor beats in "Everything Up" and "Mr. McGee." Zero 7 shows off their funkier sound with the instrumental "Salt Water Sound." The vocal additions of Jackie Daniels and Sophie Barker are also included on this hits record.

Zero 7's new album "Record" is available now on Atlantic Records. Go to www.zero7.co.uk for more information.

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