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Relation [Director’s Cut]
November 11, 2009, 2:42 am
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RELATION
FEAR OF NIGHT
URBAN TORQUE

Southend’s Relation bring a scholarly sophistication to their quaintly danceable synth-pop that amalgamates the sanitized sensibilities of various electro-dieties. For a debut, it oozes quality, prowess and maturity, but it isn’t exactly what you’d call fun. Tuneful and encompassing of all the correct reference points, stifled is a creative abandon or predatory edge and the enervated vocals call to mind a Quaalude-fed David Byrne. With a leap in ten or so pop years the trance-y ‘Superenlightened’ temporarily enlivens the pinched meticulousness with a post-Acid sense of merriment. Accomplished, but Royksopp with vogue won’t set your world alight. John Calvert

5/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘SUPERENLIGHTENED’, ‘LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR’, ‘YOUR TINY MIND’
FOR FANS OF: TALK TALK, HUMAN LEAGUE, JEFF MILLS

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