A futuristic funk dominates Project Rod Williams’ elaborate “Spin Me”. These grooves roll through with such poignancy. Highly romantic, the passionate performance nicely combines elements of pop, funk, EDM, and rock into a soulful combination. Crafted with care these songs work best when taken together as a singular whole. Every track plays off the last making the pieces akin to suites in a greater symphony. Lyrics focus upon the ups and downs of trying to find something truly real, a relationship worth cherishing. Indeed, it is this yearning and desire that comes to define the album. With a slight hint of the theatrical the entire thing washes over the listener. Volume deserves to be blasted for these tracks deserve to be felt as much as heard.
The hybrid like nature of the album incorporates a wide variety of references. Vocalists at times touch upon the intensity of Depeche Mode’s lovelorn works. For the funk, they draw from the classics like Parliament yet update it with a polished, perfect sheen. EDM ties much of it together while they incorporate nods from Daft Punk, Justice, and other similarly minded futurists. Grooves go for just the right amount of jagged edges further adding to the frenzied activity. Little details matter a great deal and they obsess over every second, making sure the pieces are completely fleshed out.
“Shake It on the Dancefloor (feat. Ben Dial, Aleisha Leo & Fabian Hernandez)” sets the tone. A true freewheeling blast from the fanfare to the jaunty keyboards, it all comes together in a communal spirit. Even more carnal with its desire is “Don’t Stop Me Baby (feat. Aleisha Leo & Ben Dial)” sneaks a bit of acid techno into the fray giving the track a bit of bite. By far the highlight is the title track “Spin Me (feat. Ben Dial)”. Within this piece lust takes over, as the guitar work is pitch perfect. Everything has an elastic quality as things get increasingly more and more unhinged.
Much heavier with the electronic flourishes is “Crimes for Passion (feat. Matt Williamson)”. Going further into late 80s/early 90s Depeche Mode is “How Can You Say Your Love Is True (feat. Ben Dial)”. Stripping things down to the essentials the piece has a classical quality to it. Full of tenderness is “Because (feat. Ben Dial)”. Going for a spacious western twang is the thoughtful “Now (feat. Matt Williamson)”.
Project Rod Williams goes for a carefree celebratory style on the colossal “Spin Me”.
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