Zero 7 - Record
Not entirely without appeal and, for many, Zero 7’s predeliction for sticking an ‘e’ in their ‘urban’ conjures the kind of laid back electronica that gives them the chill out experience that summer demands. You don’t necessarily want the new Gallows album souring the Sauvignon at your barbecue, now do you ? Couched within, therefore, an undeniably limited frame of appeal, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker continue to contrive beats that burble like the gentle thrum of surf on a beach. Sixteen tracks is pushing it but there are some delicious highlights nevertheless. ‘Destiny’ is here and as irresistible as it ever was - the blueprint for their oeuvre. ‘Home’, a collaboration with the under-appreciated Danish singer Tina Dico, finds a niche in this heart still. If the collection fizzles a little past the halfway point, it has the decency to end with a flourish. ‘In the Waiting Line’ and the elegant ‘End Theme’ are quaint and quintesenntial. To describe it as background music would be to insult the skill and endeavour but Record hardly pokes you in the chest. Buy it for the fan of laid back beats and smoky female singers in your life.