Dance & Electronic 2011: 20 Best Albums
Trend-setting modern music makers Azari & III solidify their popularity on an international scale with their self-titled debut. Released on Tiga's Turbo Recordings and Loose Lips Records, the admired Toronto based quartet combine the best of nostalgic '80s dance with '90s Chicago house to create infectious, artsy and emotionally driven lyrical anthems. With seven new tracks, including their previously released singles, the album opens with "Into the Night," originally available on Scion A/V; this '80s inspired diva club track is propelled forward by quivering synths and magnetic vocal harmonies. "Reckless (With Your Love)" has already become a contemporary retro house staple since coming out in November 2009 on Permanent Vacation. This chartbusting single combines '90s piano simulations with lush synth chords and optimistic vocals based on overcoming alienating matters of the heart. Devoid of lyrics, "Indigo" is a slow building Detroit-inspired track with heavy breathed moans, murmuring harmonies, piano riffs and wavering high-hats for the ultimate balanced groove. "Hungry (For the Power)" was Azari & III's first successful break-through anthem that reacts against the status quo and desire for attention. "Manic" closes this spectacular release with looping Prince-like hums, gurgling lasers and catchy vocal hooks about mental instabilities. Formed in 2008, Azari & III have skilfully referenced dance music from our past and redefined themselves as cutting-edge house revivalists of the future.
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