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Small Black

Real People EP


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Small Black quickly follows its 2013 sophomore full-length, Limits of Desire, with the Real People EP. Guest artist Frankie Rose’s vocals blend into the tones of Small Black’s Josh Kolenik on the fizzing dance-pop title track, a strong starter to the EP. After this heady take-off, “Lines of Latitude” provides a breather with its spaced-out rhythms; and Rose collaborates here once again, with a Cocteau Twins-like result. After two other generic indie dance numbers, the EP closes with a cover of The Blue Nile’s “The Downtown Lights,” a trainspotting track for the diehard British music fan. Small Black jacks up the original’s melancholy tones, essentially turning it into an unexpected dance remix. But here, the first two powerhouse tracks are of such high quality, it’s hard to keep that up. (

Author rating: 6/10

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