Bomb The Bass - Back To Light
Back in the late 80s and early 90s, Bomb The Bass had a run of commercial and critical success; 'Beat Dis', a sample-heavy dance track reached number two in the charts, while the later 'Bug Powder Dust', lest we forget, took William Burroughs as its subject. Although you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise, main man, Tim Simenon, has never gone away, producing other acts and punting out occasional Bomb The Bass material to seemingly little fanfare. Back To Light is a far cry from the cutting edge early sound. Bar the final track, an instrumental with input from Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, the album never strays from dancey synth pop. While individual tracks are not without hooks, the guest vocalists are strictly adequate (think Chris Martin-bland) and the cumulative effect is rather monotonous. I wouldn't advise sitting this next to recent efforts by Hot Chip and Delphic. The most Back To Light is likely to be met with is a, 'I didn't know they were still going'.