Azari & III - Azari & III
- Jonny Ensall
- 1 February 2012
Credit due delivering a straightforward house music manifesto with compelling four-to-the-floor force
This self-titled debut is actually a major label re-release of an album that, until recently, was widely available as an import – including on Spotify. It’s getting a reboot in the UK in CD form (you remember CDs right?) though really the whole exercise is just to whip up renewed excitement in an under-appreciated 2011 highlight.
Time and the tectonic movement of shifting trends have worn down many people’s resistance to the high camp of this album-cum-tribute to the heyday of 80s and 90s house. The soft claps and deep thuds of cheap drum machines are twisted by producers Dinamo Azari and Alexander III (not their real names) into thumping dance anthems that are, in most cases, much, much better than the Dave Pearce-peddled stuff you might vaguely remember. The vocals recycle every cliché in the book, but credit is due for a record that delivers a straightforward house music manifesto with compelling four-to-the-floor force. ‘Reckless With Your Love’, ‘Tunnel Vision’, ‘Hungry for the Power’ and ‘Manic’ are highlights, making Azari & III worthy of a second coming.