SG Lewis - times
Feb 20, 2021
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This is what the next generation was doing while Daft Punk was away: make a real dance-disco party. Both the opening songs for this era "Chemicals" and "Impact" are really perfect, two of the best songs of the 2020s. "times" is an unpredictable album, looking at the album cover I think it's a bedroom pop album or lofi hip hop, right?.

Disco movement is expanding day by day. From artists who have had success with this genre such as Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Roisin Murphy also on the way to return, to next generation artists like Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware, that is probably mark an important milestone in the history of pop music. In my opinion, Roisin Machine and What's Your Pleasure? are 2 disco albums that give me the best impression. Two classic, formal but captivating disco sounds, Roisin focuses on the Nu-Disco genre, and Jessie Ware focuses more or less on a Dance-Pop party. SG Lewis's "times" stands between these two lines.

I don't think using soul/r&b on an disco/dance album is a good idea. However, looking another way, the contrast between the warmth and quietness of the r&b combined with the vibrant, partying of disco, besides the sexy, slow funk. All mixed up, great compensation. "Impact" used a true heavy beat with a dance banger, Tres's vocals blended perfectly with Robyn. That's what gay clubs used to turn on in the 80s, the "ooooh" part is charming and impressive. In addition to Robyn, SG Lewis also brought a sizable artist of this genre, the legendary Nile Rodgers, which further confirmed that this was a real disco party. Solo tracks like "Back To Earth" and "Chemicals" not only make up for that SG Lewis has talent, it's also what the previous generation needed to look back on what the next generation did. Ending with "Fall", a very warm R&B song that demonstrates the right rules of a disco album: a light song in heavy songs (the same goes for Jessie Ware's "Remember Where You Are" and "Boys Will Be Boys" by Dua Lipa).

Summary, this is the collection of homemade disco bangers. At the same time, it is a nearly perfect combination of modern disco and disco classic. However I was not dance-R&B's beloved so I couldn't give it an absolute score. Besides the Banger Clubs, there are a few songs that are abused with disco sound making it boring and repetitive. This is still a testable album for a nu-disco lover in particular and electronic in general.
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