added: 28 Jun 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Set for released on July 9th, his debut solo album Space Between The Words written and produced by dan, includes collaborations with Emma-Lee Moss, Merz, Sarah Williams White, B Dolan, Joshua Idehen and Pete Hefferan.
Fans of his long-standing partnership with Scroobius Pip, will see dan taking a sideways step from the percussive atmospherics that were the backdrop to Pip's words on Top 40 albums 'Angles' (2008) and 'The Logic of Chance' (2010), as he embraces everything from electro-pop to psychedelia, all accompanied by an impressive array of vocal talent.
Dan hasn't veered completely away from rap and spoken word as the groovy, chatted 'Tuning' shows, a collaboration with long-term peer and poet Joshua Idehen. There are also two songs featuring rising mic-master B. Dolan, the bass-punching party tune 'Good Time Gang War' and the crafty, crunk-tinted smasher, 'Caretaker'. 'In the last year or so,' Dan admits, 'B. Dolan has become my favourite rapper of all time. He has that real rap thugginess but he's also really intense about how he writes, intellectual but with the sense of humour you'd expect from a big, New England, baldy, bearded bloke.'
Along the way he lets the spotlight fall on some wonderful, fresh new vocalists, as well as working with one of his musical heroes, the cult electronic folk singer Merz, who appears on the album's opening number, a pulsing house-pop gem, 'Long Night of Life' and the lush melodic song 'Zephyr' that seems to have escaped from the late 1960s via le sac's electronica time machine. One established name who contributes her unique voice to the album is Emma-Lee Moss. Her track 'Memorial' is a delightful surprise, with a touch of a Shirley Bassey Bond theme about it, albeit filtered through clubbier beats.
Elsewhere Dan hooks up with new talents such as Pete Hefferan - formerly of Pete & The Pirates - on one of the album's two covers, a deliciously doleful, piano-tinted take on Arab Strap's 'Cherubs', a tune Dan had wanted to record for years.
1) Original Version
2) PBR Streetgang Remix
3) Voyeur Remix
4) Detboi Remix
5) Throwback VIP
6) Lex Drekker Remix
7) Sunday Best Remix