10th March is the date to get in your diaries, for it marks the release of Tensnake‘s debut studio album, Glow. Ahead of release, we were lucky enough to be sent a copy for review. Featuring collaborations with Nile Rodgers, MNEK, Jacques Lu Cont and Fiora, expectations were set high.
After impressing the house music scene with Coma Cat in 2010, Tensnake remained fairly quiet for a number of years. In 2013 he played a number of festivals including Hideout and created an Essential Mix for Radio 1, catapulting him back into the spotlight. His unique selection of tracks, a blend of house combined with disco-infused funk and infectious personality is what put him on to our 2014 “Ones To Watch”
Without wanting to distract too much from the high quality performances Tensnake frequently delivers, this album under-delivers in a few ways. Whether or not it was Tensnake‘s objective to side-step too much from the popular sound of Coma Cat or not, that’s what has happened.
The album seems to be fairly uninspired. We’re trying to put a label to the genre, but failing. It has a mixture of tunes influenced by house, disco, chill-step and synth-pop, but nothing distinctive to really make it stand out for fans.
One track on the album worth listening to is ‘Love Sublime‘ featuring disco pioneer Nile Rodgers and Berlin vocalist, Fiora, which is one of the best on the album and having been released already, one quickly becoming popular among both disco and house fans.
‘See Right Through‘ and ‘No Relief‘ both feature Fiora and are two of our favourite tracks on the album. With a deep house sound that reminds us of English electronic music production duo, Gorgon City, these are two great tracks geared to the dancefloor. The deep, crisp bass of ‘No Relief‘ makes it enjoyable to listen to.
Overall, Marco Niemerski (Tensnake) has written a good album, but it seems unfinished. The basis for some great tracks are there, but most of them lack depth and emotion. We can only hope that future releases match up to the high quality expectations we’ve all come to expect from Tensnake.