Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome
Apparently, Danger Mouse (known to Mummy Mouse simply as Brian Burton) doesn't do downtime. Not content with helming records by Gorillaz, Beck and his own collaborations as part of Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells, Burton once again demonstrates his unpredictability by teaming up with Italian film composer Daniele Luppi. Five years ago, the pair embarked on a journey that has culminated in the 2011 release of Rome, an album that celebrates their mutual love of spaghetti western scores and took them to the titular city to record at Forum Studios, which was used by their hero Ennio Morricone in the recording of his famous scores for films including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Utilising many of the same instruments, musicians and recording techniques from the '60s era, the finished result is purely analogue and features no post-recording studio fingerprints (explaining the extended recording period) as well as starring turns from Jack White and Norah Jones. The distinctive tones of both only enrich what is a fulfilling concotion, bringing further character to the cinematic scope and lush orchestration the album already possesses in spades. For fans of Burton's previous successes, this genre left turn may be a bit of a slowburn but find yourself some decent speakers (one fears this may not translate well to tinny earphones), close your eyes and let yourself discover Rome and all it has to offer.