track listing :
made in china
the strong one (feat. rachael bell)
while a lot of the attention directed towards this album has been about the retrofuturism of the format in which the real world product is going to be released, there is no denying the fact, that all the inventiveness is worthless if the music proves to be a dire and pointless as an advertising campaign that advertises a forthcoming advert (which seems to be a new experience for watchers of the tellybox in 2010). thankfully, having had a sneaky listen to tap3 over the last few weeks i can assure you that if you have any interest in bleep infested sonics, scratch heavy beats, and warm electronic pop, then this album should be top of your want list.
having done his time in the miserablism of the auteurs (a band who i nearly walked out on when they supported the the back in the 90s due to them boring me, and matt johnson to the point of violence), james banbury then retreated back into the studio, helped various flavours of the month with their string arrangements, and quietly learnt how to be happy again.
the journey took an interesting turn of events when a couple of years ago, he teamed up with word twisting provocateur paul morley, to form the art-music project, infantjoy, and released two beautiful albums that combined deep electronic production and heart crushing piano melodies. which was quickly proceeded by a team up with black box recorder vocalist sarah nixey resulting in the release of her drama filled electro-pop album, sing, memory.
it was during the various promo activities for these releases that i noticed the involvement of stockholm based pete davis, his name was behind a few of the remixes for both projects adding a certain shameless dancefloor shine to the proceedings.
so, i guess it was only natural for the two men to rediscover their love of old school rave, late nights in cities of ill repute, and dive into the clubbing scene to put together a whole album that encapsulates the joys and euphoria of loosing yourself on a dancefloor, to the end of the night pass out.
the 7 tracks that make up tap3, run the gamut of first generation rave with epic build ups and sweeping chords (album opener unwell, and the previously released hello here in its original vocal-less form), crunchy r-n-b beats matched against minimal bleeps (burnt fox, fuzzy dunlop), john carpenter styled doom electronic themes (made in china), and then the all important post clubbing comedown soundtrack in the form of the gorgeous album closer, the strong one, which sounds like a perfect companion piece to the collaborations between tracey thorn and massive attack.
yes, it is that good.
it may be a well worn path, but the album flows beautifully, from up-an-at-em moods and tempos early on, to the need to calm after the party, meaning that in the desire to rediscover their inner raver, dadahack have ended up creating an album that is an absolute joy to listen to from start to finish.