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Kele Okereke, Trick (Lilac Records)




Kele Okereke, Trick (Lilac Records)
CD Reviews: November 6, 2014

11/06/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Kele Okereke, Trick (Lilac Records)

A lot can change in — whoa — nine years, such as the direction of Bloc Party leader Okereke, whose Gang of Four-style punk-pop riffage sharpened mid-aughts-era British indie to a jagged edge when it first appeared. This gradually mellowed into a Cure-drenched 1980s-tinged-disco phase, which eventually withered into itself for the unadvisable single “One More Chance,” leading to the inevitable splintering of BC and Okereke into (mildly) different areas. He went totally velvet rope on his bewildered punters (not saying everyone was paying that much attention by then, but there you are) during a lot of his 2010 solo debut The Boxer, and now, voila, music for Paris Hilton to pop muscle relaxers by. I don’t personally mind this stuff at all: “First Impressions” is the most chocolatey-delicious deep-progressive-house I’ve encountered all year, and things like the glitch “Coasting” make me want to dig up my old Aphex Twin mixes. But man, what a switchover in such a relatively short time, huh? I know he absolutely hated the Gang of Four comparisons, but wow. B Eric W. Saeger





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