Genres come and go, and right now nothing seems deader than the dreaded trip hop. The once beating heart created by the likes of Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack has been crushed to death by 1000 or more albums with the words “ultimate chill out” in their title. Ultimate Bore would seem more appropriate.
Another genre that has languished unforgiven since 1977 is soft rock or west coast AOR, although that one has chugged away, unseen and unloved, with scant regard to fashion. Christopher Cross, Lee Ritenour, Kenny G etc all have considered good taste and recognition unimportant alongside their multi-platinum discs. There is some sort of resurgence in the “Yacht Rock” scene (Poolside and Classixx), and in the palpable Fleetwood Mac worship of Ladyhawke, Haim, Daft Punk and Breakbot, but on the whole we aren’t tripping out to George Benson and Mike Post yet.
So by rights a combination of the two shouldn’t get us far.
And yet the new Zero 7 single (featuring Tom Leonard on at least the B side and maybe more) defies the gut feeling and sounds just like sunset on Ibiza. Or Huntington Beach. Especially this dub. Enjoy.