Whitey The Light At the End of the Tunnel is a Train

Released nearly two years ago on the tiny 1-2-3-4 label in the UK, Whitey’s The Light At the End of the Tunnel is a Train has fortunately made the trip across the pond courtesy of Dim Mak. The project of one Nathan J. Whitey, this debut effort reveals just how multi-talented this reported misanthrope is. For someone that prefers the company of no one, however, he sure knows how to confuse the listener, providing both club-oriented wallops and introspective ditties. The Light never really shows its true face, using Whitey’s fondness for many genres to shape something that is never predictable. "Leave Them All Behind,” an indie club standard for three years now still carries its worth. The bubbling synths, the booming big beat and the grimy bass line merge for the best anthem Primal Scream never wrote in their 20-plus years. As it moves along, The Light reveals a clear desire to make this a soundtrack for late-night activities: the Suicide-al tendencies of "Non Stop,” which enlists a dirty bump’n’grind pulse, could set off a nightclub frenzy; "Tantrum” builds a worrying mood that suggests some kind of trouble is on the horizon; the drowsy "Halfway Gone” moves like a dozing sports car on a winding highway; and the blissful title track emits the slumbering euphoria of B.J. Cole’s pedal steel classic "Sleepwalking.” It’s all in a night’s work for Whitey to keep you tuned in, but he does. (Dim Mak)