This Spanish duo's excellent second album is a consistently evocative and inventive mix of trip hop, electronica and ambient dance styles with the ever inventive synth work of Mayte Cruz and Julio Torme being complimented by Cruz's cool vocals that evoke the sultry evenings of their homeland, most noticeably on the sexy and smoking trip hop of "Recycled" which is all the more remarkable given the mundane title. The spoken voice of the opening "The Golden Light" does sound slightly naff, what with mention of Cruz's bosom (far too old-fashioned) and a new word 'skeak' (which should presumably read 'sneak') but this is a one-off aberration as she soon proves her worth on the following "Future Times" where she sounds slightly reminscent of Sandine from Seize (no bad thing, let me assure you!).
The aforementioned trip-hop influences are widespread and when used in unison with the surging climax of "Desert" with it's rave-styled synth effects, the sweeping synths of "By Yourself" or "Nothing To Hide" where harmonised vocals glide over the chilled rhythmic backing, to name but three, then you'll understand why this band deserve to be massive while the rhythmic colouring of the closing title track echoes your own heartbeat in an almost intimate manner.
But if that's not incentive enough for you to check this album out there's always those essential 'up for it' tracks such as the surging and tense "Emotion" or the dancefloor killers "Alquimia" and "Nocturnal Frequencies". The latter pair especially seem tailor-made for mainstream club success (something that the duo certainly deserve) although I've a feeling that certain die-hard Bauhaus fans will have a fit when they hear the surging cover of "She Is In Parties". Anyone else won't care, of course, they'll be doing the sensible thing and giving it up to this excellent album which is chilled, smoking and totally euphoric by turns but excellent throughout. Massive Attack should be very worried and Implant should be looking over their shoulders,too!
Artist Link: http://www.blackflames.prv.pl