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Big Black Delta : Big Black Delta

US-based Jonathan Bates, originally hailing from Venezuela, was the vocalist and bass player in Mellowdrone and is now the creative force behind the space-tripping expansive electro-rock of Big Black Delta. On this enormously intriguing 13-track self-titled debut opus, Bates covers a lot of musical bases whilst sounding fabulously original. If you like your pop rock to be both melodically infectious and fiercely intelligent, check out the sublime Money Rain Down which features great Floyd-tinged vocals and an addictive yet subtle groove. If you prefer to have your mind expanded and then gently blown to pieces, tune into the goth-dance melodrama of the towering IFUCKINGLOVEYOU which sounds as if it was recorded on an exploding planet somewhere near the end of the universe. What a shuddering and pulsating beast of a track. Brilliant. Single Side Of The Road echoes elements of the best '80s electro-pop whilst harnessing a haunting central melody amidst the glittering sonic effects. After being immersed in the intricate grooves and left-field atmospherics of this mighty fine debut album it becomes easy to understand why Big Black Delta has attracted the attention of famous fans such as Dave Navarro and Jay-Z.

 

BY GRAHAM BLACKLEY

 

Best Track: IFUCKINGLOVEYOU

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In A Word: Mind-expanding