Red Snapper – Key

Thrills and spills

Bands who play dance music with live instruments are commonplace, but this wasn’t always so. Red Snapper were among the first to marry 808s with upright-bass back on 1996’s ‘Prince Blimey’. Here they do their best to retrieve lost ground – no mean feat considering they’re now a veteran outfit contending with many more sprightly bands than in their heyday.

Luckily, ‘Key’ manages to provide enough thrills and spills to help them stand out. It might still sound a bit nineties, dare I say, acid jazz-y for some, but on the whole it’s a headlong dive into dub, jazz, dance and psychedelic rock.

6/10

Words by CHARLIE FRAME

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