Kele Okereke - Heartbreaker

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  • I readied a buffet of scornful adjectives with which to describe Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke's presumably ill-advised first foray into house music, but in truth this four-track EP for Crosstown Rebels is solid. The title track is half house, half UK garage, with echoing, sunny synths and warm, unhurried percussion accompanying a distorted vocal from Bobbie Gordon. On his gently glowing remix, Recondite boils "Heartbreaker" down into a subtle, pads-led hum that's punctuated by jagged shards of Gordon's vocal. "God Has A Way" is a straightforward slice of mildly off-kilter house, while closer "Get Up" is the only track that features Okereke's vocals, his heavily filtered "people get up" appeal being stretched over a spare framework of muffled drums and a gently ascending synth. There's nothing ground-breaking here, but neither is there anything that suggests an ego-driven indie rock frontman venturing out of his depth, and for that reason this release must go down as a success.
  • Tracklist
      A1 Heartbreaker A2 God Has A Way B1 Heartbreaker (Recondite Amati Mix) B2 Get Up