Soft Hair - 'Soft Hair'

8/10

It is quite possible that this is the most unlikely collaboration we have seen so far this year. Bringing together the avant-garde, left-of-field tastes of Connan Mockasin and the forward-thinking, electronic approach of former Late Of The Pier frontman Sam Dust, now known as LA Priest, may not sound like the most well-fitted of partnerships. But just like any project that involves musicians from different backgrounds, these two have managed to find a sound that is both fitting and exciting.

You can tell from the very start of this record that this isn't going to be the most easily digestible of releases, and in a way that's a good thing, because if you aren't enjoying the first 30 seconds, there is little chance you will find much to like about the rest of the release. The best way to sum up this album is by understanding that these two are trying to make a danceable, disco-esque record, but filtered through a decade-long interest in Moog synthesisers.

The result is something brilliantly original and fun throughout. 'Soft Hair' manages to be both exciting and memorable at the same time, giving it not only an engaging quality but something you will find yourself coming back to again and again.

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