Lane 8 – Rise – (Anjunadeep)

It’s rare to find a collection of songs as good as this for a dance music debut album. Yet that is what we’re looking at from Daniel Goldstein, who records as Lane 8 for Anjunadeep – and who on this evidence has a really promising future. The chosen vocal guests – Lulu James and Solomon Grey especially – bring plenty to their songs, while the distinctive smoky tones of Matthew Dear lend themselves perfectly to Undercover. James’s big vocal to the softer trance of Loving You brings to mind Paloma Faith, while in the slower track Cosi the music gets more experimental and moves closer to vintage M83 in its approach. Goldstein has crafted a strong structure of vocal and instrumental tracks here, occasionally verging on deep trance but keeping his outlook relatively minimal. It proves to be an effective ploy, the resultant set of songs earning a strong recommendation for outdoor listening.

5 out of 5

Reviewed by Ben Hogwood