Published Oct 31, 2014Sean McCabe's cut an impressive path on the soulful house scene since the ripe old age of 17, with classic productions like his 2009 collaboration with Adeola Ranson, "A Little More Love," not to mention remixing the likes of Quentin Harris, Barbara Tucker and Roy Ayers, to name a few. In the works for three years, McCabe's full-length debut mines the same uptempo, life-affirming vibe with which this young Welshman made his name. What makes McCabe's exuberant take on soulful dance music particularly refreshing ⎯ and, throughout the majority of the album's 17 tracks, very cohesive — is its eschewing of samples in favour of original sounds.
Tracks like "Everything's Alright" and "Something About You," featuring Jennifer Wallace, are authentic high-energy slices of Chicago House. "All Of The Above" and "Finally" have a chilled, jazzy, hip-hop aura. The mid-point sags a bit with the comparatively rudderless "Want Me," but that's a minor quibble given the inclusion of infectious bangers like "Back To Front" and the self explanatory "Love For Life." In other words, It's Time is a great time. (Z Records)