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Album Review

Recreations – Baby Boomers 2

Recreations - Baby Boomers 2

Throw away your nostalgia and start looking to the future.

Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Released: 29th April 2016

Rating: ★★★★

It felt like the end of an era when Sam Duckworth announced the end of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., the soundtrack to an unsatisfied generation. Now reborn under a different moniker – Recreations – his new album ‘Baby Boomers 2’ is a progression of its predecessors and a smoother, cooler effort than we’ve heard before.

From the opening beats of ‘Lifestyle Concept Store’ through its subtle synths and calming electronics we’re asked, “Whatever happened to the places where we had our first embraces? Where did all the decent venues go?” The message is clear from the outset: one of protest, and a sentimental nod to old memories.

‘Red Spex’ – upbeat with tinges of Metronomy – has a simple refrain and some much-needed summer vibes, all positive percussion and happy keyboards. A completely different sound, ‘Pipedown’ contrasts relaxed, atmospheric house moments with a vivid chorus and emphatic vocals. ‘Progress’, with dominating drums, a subtle, funky bassline doesn’t sound like the same artist.

And that’s what makes it all so great. Everyday lyrics and an easy to listen to sound make Recreations’ debut album accessible and welcoming, while the variety keeps it contemporary and exciting. Throw away your nostalgia and start looking to the future because ‘Baby Boomers 2’ is leading the way. Kathryn Black