Published Sep 19, 2007Grosvenor is a smooth Londoner named Rob Smoughton, who is taking the Yacht Rock phenomenon to heart. Fans of Hot Chip will recognise his name from their recent DJ-Kicks comp, which his blue-eyed soul, classic-in-the-making "Nitemoves (hear it on his MySpace page) commences with a chilled, midnight hour groove. Hes clearly a fan of the 80s soft rock scene he does Daryl Hall circa Voices better than Hall could himself now and you want to scream "novelty at the top of your lungs but Grosvenor is conscious of his shtick. So like UK R&B slickster Omar or madcap Warp soulman Jamie Lidell, Smoughtons as focused on production as much as his rich vocal. "Wallflowers is the double a-side to the "Nitemoves single. In a nutshell it sounds like LFO having a go at producing a neo-soul record, as the IDM blips mimick an almost two-step pattern. Smoughton keeps his softness though by running up and down his pitch-shifted-perfect harmonies thanks to a caked-on vocoder mask that would have Cher yelling with a snicker, "Ha! See, that guy does it even more than I do!
Note: this video stops at 3:18 when the song ends despite saying it has a six-minute running time.